MEAC ANNOUNCES PRESEASON WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREDICTIONS Delaware State Guard Mandy Clark Voted Pre-season Player Of The Year

By Off the BlackAthlete Sports Wire
Updated: October 7, 2004

Mandy Clark

Mandy Clark

GREENBORO, N.C. – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced its pre-season basketball predictions and All-MEAC selections Wednesday. Delaware State was chosen by the leagues’ Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors as the favorites to win the 2004-05 MEAC crown. The Lady Hornets’ Mandy Clark earned pre-season Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season.

Delaware State, who received 13 of the 22 first place votes, edged out 2003-04 co-champion and tournament champion Hampton University by 10 votes for the top spot. The Lady Hornets and Lady Pirates finished tied at 14-4 in the MEAC standings last year. Delaware State earned the top seed in the MEAC Tournament by virtue of the tiebreaker.

Coppin State earned two first place votes for the third spot, followed by Florida A&M Howard to round out the top five.

Clark, the 2003-04 Player of the Year, was a unanimous selection for the 2004-05 preseason All-MEAC first team. Clark finished tied for first in scoring in the MEAC last year, averaging 15.6 points per game.

Joining Clark on the pre-season All-MEAC first team is her back court mate, Terrelle Waller (5-6, Sr. Guard), along with Katie Clark (5-8, Jr. Guard) of Bethune-Cookman, Hampton’s Sharema Dean (5-10, So. G/F), and Coppin State’s Leisel Harry (6-3, Sr. Center).

The 2004-05 NCAA basketball season officially opens on Saturday, October 16. Maryland-Eastern Shore opens the MEAC season with a home game on November 10 against Wilmington College. Morgan State will host Shaw on November 13. A full slate of games will take place on Friday, November 19 as seven MEAC schools begin their 2004-05 season. Conference competition begins on December 4.

2004-05 Predicted Finish 1. Delaware State (13) 432 2. Hampton (6) 422 3. Coppin State (2) 352 4. Florida A&M 340 5. Howard (1) 248 6. Bethune-Cookman 234 7. Maryland-Eastern Shore 190 8. Norfolk State 148 9. South Carolina State 138 10. North Carolina A&T 104 11. Morgan State 54 -more- 2004-05 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Pre-season Women’s Basketball All-Conference Teams Pre-season Player of the Year: Mandy Clark, Delaware State FIRST TEAM NAME SCHOOL POS. HT. CL. HOMETOWN Mandy Clark Delaware State G 5-8 Sr. Baltimore, Md.

Terrelle Walker Delaware State G 5-6 Sr. Hyattsville, Md.

Kate Clark Bethune-Cookman G 5-8 Jr. New Iberia, La.

Sharema Dean Hampton G/F 5-10 So. Brooklyn, N.Y.

Leisel Harry Coppin State C 6-3 Sr. Point Fortin, Trinidad Second Team Name School Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown Sherrie Tucker Coppin State G 5-10 So. Philadelphia, Pa.

Lakiesha Beard Hampton F 6-3 Sr. Houston, Texas Evena Morency S.C. State F 5-11 Sr. Miami, Fla.

Yomika Corbitt Norfolk State F 5-10 Sr. Tampa, Fla.

Elana Greene Florida A&M C 6-2 Sr. Rahway, N.J.