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Nuggets grab top spot in GCAC basketball coaches poll
September 30, 2008

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's women's basketball team is the preseason favorite in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, according to a coaches poll announced Tuesday.
     The Nuggets — who qualified for the NAIA Division I National Championship 13 of the past 14 seasons — received eight of 10 first-place votes and 80 points. Two-time defending regular-season champion Loyola was second with 69 points.
     William Carey received the other two first-place votes and finished third with 66 points.
     Xavier was 27-7 in 2007-08, finished second to Loyola in the GCAC regular season for the second consecutive year, then beat the Wolfpack 65-64 in the GCAC Tournament final at Loyola on Shayla Boyd's basket with seven-tenths of a second remaining.
     Boyd, a sophomore guard, and junior guard/forward LaTashia Wise are the Nuggets' returning starters.
     Xavier will play a Nov. 1 exhibition against the Louisiana Hurricanes at The Barn and its first regular-season game Nov. 8 against Edward Waters in the HBCU Preseason Challenge at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Xavier will play Loyola on Jan. 29 at The Barn and Feb. 4 at Loyola.
     Huston-Tillotson (Nov. 10) will be the first regular-season home opponent.

Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Women's Basketball
2008-09 Preseason Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)

No. School Points
1. Xavier (8) 80
2. Loyola 69
3. William Carey (2) 66
4. Mobile 48
5. LSU-Shreveport 41
6. SUNO 40
7. Dillard 37
8. Belhaven 32
9. Spring Hill 23
10. Tougaloo 14

Xavier in previous GCAC polls
2007-08 — 2nd
2006-07 — 3rd
2004-05 — 1st
2003-04 — 2nd
      2002-03 — 2nd
2001-02 — 1st
1999-2000 — 1st
1993-94 — 1st


Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis.

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