2014-11-12 / Sports

Loaded Saints prepared for another stellar season

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor


The nationally ranked Limestone women’s basketball team hope to repeat as conference champs. The Saints open the season Friday at Coker. The nationally ranked Limestone women’s basketball team hope to repeat as conference champs. The Saints open the season Friday at Coker. After last season’s run to the Elite 8, the Limestone women’s basketball team is poised to take the steps necessary to achieve their goals of challenging for another conference championship and trip to the national tournament.

The 14-15 team returns all of its players, adding to the high expectations.

“I think we have a good mindset and we are really excited to play,” Limestone coach Corey Fox said.

The Saints return Celeste Warren, a preseason All-America who averaged 15 points and seven boards a year ago, and conference defensive player of the year and conference tournament MVP Alicia Brookins.

Ayshia McNeil, a first team all conference selection who averaged 12 points last year, and threepoint specialist Jasmine Kearse, join Precilla Hill, Morgan Brown, Amber Wright and Maurissa Lester to form a solid eight-player rotation.

Brown, in the top five nationally in turnover-assist ratio, will be looking to break the school’s assist record this season.

Lester returns after a missing many games with an injury last year.

Although the Saints will be loaded, they will be challenged by a difficult schedule that includes Sac 8 opponents, Anderson and Mars Hill and Peach Belt Conference heavyweight USC-Aiken. There’s also a trip to Georgia Regents, formerly Augusta State University.

The Saints also will face conference powers Barton, Belmont Abbey, which won both regular season matchups a season ago, and Mt. Olive.

The Saints open the season Friday at Coker. They will play their first home game on Nov. 29 against Anderson.

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