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GCAC coaches pick Gold Nuggets to repeat as champion
October 19, 2010

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana, the defending champion of Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball, was picked to repeat its success in a preseason coaches poll announced Tuesday.
     The Gold Nuggets received four first-place votes and 24 points. SUNO and Tougaloo received the other first-place votes, with SUNO outscoring Tougaloo 18-17 for the No. 2 spot.
     It's the eighth time in nine seasons that the Nuggets finished in the top two of the coaches poll.
     Xavier last season became the second women's team — Xavier in 1997-98 was the first — to go 18-0 in GCAC regular-season games. And like the 1997-98 team, the Nuggets followed with three more victories and the GCAC Tournament title.
     Xavier finished 28-6 in 2009-10, reaching 20 victories for the 17th time in 18 seasons and qualifying for the NAIA Division I National Championship for the 14th time in 16 seasons.
     The Nuggets return seven letterwomen, including All-GCAC Jasmine Grant and starters Marchelle Jones, Jazmoné Kelly and Danielle Kennebrew. They'll open the season Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. against Florida Memorial at The Barn.

Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Women's Basketball
2010-11 Preseason Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)

No. School Points
1. Xavier (4) 24
2. SUNO (1) 18
3. Tougaloo (1) 17
4. Dillard 15
5. Edward Waters 10
6. Fisk 6

Xavier in previous GCAC polls
2009-10 — 2nd
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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