CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charleston Southern women's basketball was picked sixth in the 2017-18 Big South Conference Preseason Poll, announced Tuesday at the league's annual Basketball Media Day. CSU earned 50 total points in the poll conducted by Big South head coaches and a media panel.
Fred Applin enters his sixth season at head coach for the Buccaneers in the 2017-18 season. CSU returns seven players from last year's squad that advanced to semifinals of the Big South Championships and made an appearance in the Women's Basketball Invitational. The Bucs return preseason all-conference second-team honoree Ke'Asia Jackson as well as junior guard Rachel Burns and sophomore center Jasmine Blackmon.
Radford has been voted as the favorite in the Big South Conference's preseason poll. It is the first time in a decade that the Highlanders are the preseason women's basketball favorite, as the defending regular-season champion received seven of the ten first-place votes and 96 total points to win the conference in 2017-18.
Liberty was voted second in the women's poll with 81 points (one first-place vote), while Campbell was third with 77 points. High Point was picked fourth with 73 points, while two-time reigning Big South champion UNC Asheville was fifth with 65 points and the two remaining first place votes. Following Charleston Southern was Gardner-Webb (seventh, 38 points) and Presbyterian (eighth, 37 points). Longwood claimed the ninth spot (17 points) and Winthrop rounded out the poll with 16 points.
CSU opens up the 2017-18 season against Columbia International on November 10 at the Buc Dome. Tipoff between the Bucs and the Rams is set for 7 p.m.
The entire preseason poll is detailed below:
2017-18 Big South Women's Basketball Preseason Poll
Rk School (first-place votes)
1. Radford (7)
2. Liberty (1)
4. High Point
5. UNC Asheville (2)
6. Charleston Southern