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Gold Nuggets second in GCAC basketball coaches poll
October 7, 2009

     NEW ORLEANS — The Xavier University of Louisiana women's basketball program is in a familiar spot: near the top of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll.
     The Gold Nuggets — who qualified for the NAIA Division I National Championship 13 of the past 15 seasons — are second in the 2009-10 poll, which was announced Wednesday. They received two first-place votes and finished in the top two for the seventh time in eight seasons.
     Loyola, the three-time defending regular-season champion, finished first in the poll and received seven first-place votes. The Nuggets will play Loyola on Jan. 25 at The Barn and Feb. 18 at Loyola.
     Xavier was 23-9 in 2008-09 and finished third behind Loyola and LSU-Shreveport in the GCAC regular season. The Nuggets will open the regular season at 5 p.m. Oct. 30 against Talladega in the Port City Tip-Off Classic at Mobile, Ala. The first home game will be a Nov. 7 exhibition against the New Orleans Lady Hurricanes, and the first regular-season home game will be Nov. 9 against LeMoyne-Owen.
     The Nuggets return 11 letterwomen from this past season, including seniors Brittany Powell — an honorable-mention NAIA Division I All-American — and LaTashia Wise

Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Women's Basketball
2009-10 Preseason Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)

No. School Points
1. Loyola (7) 77
2. Xavier (2) 71
3. William Carey 65
4. LSU-Shreveport 62
5. Mobile 46
6. Belhaven 29
7. Dillard 28
8. Spring Hill 26
9. Tougaloo 25
10. SUNO 21

Xavier in previous GCAC polls
2008-09 — 1st
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 teams in basketball, cross country and tennis and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and volleyball.

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