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XU's Franklin, Holcombe chosen preseason All-GCAC

September 26, 2012

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's SiMon Franklin and Carmen Holcombe have been selected to the All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference preseason women's basketball team by the GCAC head coaches. The conference announced the team Wednesday.
     Franklin, a 5-foot-7 senior guard from Baton Rouge, La., and a graduate of St. Joseph's Academy, was All-GCAC in 2011-12 and the MVP of the GCAC Tournament, which Xavier won 58-50 against Talladega. Franklin led the
     SiMon Franklin

SiMon Franklin
     Carmen Holcombe

Carmen Holcombe
Gold Nuggets with 10 points per game. She shot 46 percent from the floor and had 57 assists and 70 steals.
     Holcombe, a 5-11 junior forward from Plano, Texas, and a graduate of Plano West High School, averaged 5.1 points and 4.2 rebounds as a sophomore. She was the Nuggets' No. 6 scorer and No. 3 rebounder. Holcombe had 11 points and eight rebounds at Georgetown (Ky.) in Xavier's come-from-behind 79-76 victory.
     Xavier is one of three schools with two preseason All-GCAC players. Talladega and SUNO are the other schools.
     Xavier is the defending GCAC regular-season champion and the three-time defending tournament champion. The Gold Nuggets' season will begin in early November, and the schedule will be announced soon.

2012-13 Preseason All-GCAC Women's Basketball Team

Name School Ht. Year Position Notes
Portia Craft Tougaloo 5-5 Junior Guard Averaged 12.7 points per game
Janine Davis Fisk 5-6 Junior Guard Transfer from George Washington
SiMon Franklin Xavier 5-7 Senior Guard Averaged 10 points per game
Carmen Holcombe Xavier 5-11 Junior Forward Averaged 4.2 rebounds per game
Megan Iloff Talladega 5-6Senior Guard 2011-12 GCAC Newcomer of the Year
Caryan Jones Philander Smith 5-4 Sophomore Guard 2011-12 GCAC Freshman of the Year
Janee Morton SUNO 5-7 Senior Guard 14 points/6 rebounds per game
April Perry SUNO 5-7 Senior Guard 15 points/5.3 assists per game
Jazzmin Smith Dillard 5-9 Senior Forward 14.7 points/7.3 rebounds per game
Bianca Thomas Talladega 6-3 Senior Center All-GCAC in 2011-12
Tiffany Tolbert Edward Waters 5-7 Senior Guard Averaged 11.9 points per game


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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, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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