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Alabama State (108), Alcorn State (88), Mississippi Valley State (70) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (64) were next while Jackson State (31) rounds out the predicted order of finish.Prairie View A&M’s Dominique Smith was picked as SWAC Preseason Player of the Year. Smith, a senior guard who was also named to the preseason first-team, averaged 13.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game last season. She garnered All-SWAC second team honors in 2010 for her efforts. Southern’s Freda Allen was named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Allen joins Smith on the preseason first-team after leading the team in rebounds (5.7 rpg) and blocked shots (34). Joining Smith and Allen on the preseason All-SWAC first team are Southern’s Hannah Kador, Alabama State’s Tanika Jackson and Texas Southern’s Gabrielle Rosiji.
The Second team consists of Alcorn State’s Kiara Ruffin, Alabama A&M’s Whiquitta Tobar and Gabrielle Williams, Grambling State’s Secrett Anderson and Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Jasmine Abrams.
Preseason Predicted Order of Finish (First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
|1. Southern (19)||199|
|2. Prairie View A&M (1)||151|
|3. Alabama A&M||142|
|4. Grambling State||134|
|5. Texas Southern||117|
|6. Alabama State||108|
|7. Alcorn State||88|
|8. Mississippi Valley State||70|
|9. Arkansas-Pine Bluff||64|
|10. Jackson State||31|
Preseason Player of the Year: Dominique Smith, Prairie View A&M Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Freda Allen, Southern First Team G – Dominique Smith, Prairie View A&M, Sr.
G – Hannah Kador, Southern, Sr.
F – Tanika Jackson, Alabama State, Sr.
F – Freda Allen, Southern, R-Sr.
C – Gabrielle Rosiji, Texas Southern, Sr.
Second Team G – Kiara Ruffin, Alcorn State, Jr.
G – Whiquitta Tobar, Alabama A&M, Jr.
F – Secrett Anderson, Grambling State, Sr.
F – Jasmine Abrams, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Jr.
C – Gabrielle Williams, Alabama A&M, Jr.