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Coaches poll puts Nuggets on top for 4th straight year
September 26, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — Once again, Xavier University of Louisiana is the choice of Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball coaches to win the championship.
     The Gold Nuggets received 7-of-9 first place votes and 62 points in a preseason poll announced Thursday. SUNO was second with 53 points — the Lady Knights received one first-place vote — and Talladega was third with 49 points. The other first-place vote went to Tougaloo, in fourth place with 46 points.
     It's the fourth straight year that Xavier is atop the coaches poll. It's the 11th time in 12 seasons that the Nuggets finished in the top two of the poll.
     The Gold Nuggets have dominated the GCAC since the start of the 2009-10 season, winning 56-of-61 games against conference opponents — 48-4 in the regular season and 8-1 in the tournament. Xavier won regular-season championships in 2009-10, 2011-12 and 2012-13 — the GCAC did not crown a champion in 2010-11 because of unbalanced scheduling — and tournament championships in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.
     The Gold Nuggets were 24-6 overall in 2012-13 and 12-2 in the GCAC. Xavier will attempt to reach 20 victories for the 13th consecutive season, which would extend a school record, and for the 21st time in 22 seasons. The Gold Nuggets also will try to qualify for the NAIA Division I National Championship for the fifth consecutive year and the 18th time in 20 seasons.
     The season — the 35th for the Nuggets in the Title IX era — will begin in early November, and 15th-year coach Bo Browder hopes to announce the schedule soon. The NAIA Division I Coaches' Preseason Top 25 will be announced Oct. 29.

Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Women's Basketball
2013-14 Preseason Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)

No. School Points
1. Xavier (7) 62
2. SUNO (1) 53
3. Talladega 49
4. Tougaloo (1) 46
5. Philander Smith 39
6. Dillard 26
7. Edward Waters 21
8. Fisk 17
9. Voorhees 11

Xavier in previous GCAC polls
2012-13 — 1st
2011-12 — 1st
2010-11 — 1st
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, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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