Lady Hornet hoopsters earn preseason SWAC respects

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (bamastatesports.com) For a second consecutive year, the Southwestern Athletic Conference head coaches and sports information directors voted Britney Wright as preseason Player of the Year and First Team All SWAC, while Daniele Ewert joins her teammate on the preseason All-SWAC team (second).

The conference back-to-back defending champions Lady Hornets is predicted to finish first with 136 votes as the selections were announced today during the 2016 tip-off basketball teleconference call.  Alabama State finished their season with a 19-12 record a third trip to the NCAA.

Texas Southern (125), Southern (120), Grambling (105) and Prairie View (83) rounded out the top five predicted order of finish.  Jackson State (70) was picked to finish sixth, followed by Alcorn State (63), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (58) and Mississippi Valley State (33) and completing the predicted order of finish is Alabama A&M (32).

The Villa Rica, Ga./Detroit, Mich. native, was selected as a first team forward.  Wright heads into her senior season having earned 2016 first-team all-conference honors as well as tournament MVP accolades. She averaged 14.7 points a night; fourth in the league; and ranked fifth in rebounding at 8.1 boards per game last season.

“I am so excited about Britney Wright being selected as preseason player of the year,” head coach Freda Freeman Jackson said.  “I think this year that she will complete the task of being the SWAC Player of the Year.  I say this because Britney has been staying in the gym and working extremely hard.  I am especially proud of her leadership, stepping up and understanding what it takes to finish the job.  She is determined and has worked hard and I just pray that her hard work pays off.”

Although Ewert has made herself recognized on the court as a member of the back-to-back tournament all-team honors, she notched a spot on the preseason All-SWAC team for the first time in her four-year stint as a Lady Hornet.  The senior concluded last season averaging 8.4 ppg and led both the team and the league with a .901 free throw percentage.

“Daniele Ewert has been creeping her way since a freshman,” Freeman-Jackson stated.  “She has been playing all four years for me and I am elated that she was chosen onto the preseason All-SWAC second team, because it’s very deserving.  She’s one of the hardest working players that we have when it comes to game time.  She really gives all that she has, taking charges and plays hard on both ends of the floor.  She’s the glue to our team, because she is a very smart player and she knows what I want.  I am hoping she turns out to be the leader that we want her to become.  When SWAC times rolls around, she has always been an All-SWAC type of player.  So I am glad that she was actually named preseason second team All-SWAC.”

The Hornets are set to tip-off their season with a scrimmage game on October 14.  The late nite event is set to begin at 6 p.m. with an autograph season with both teams and the actual game will start at 7:15 for the Lady Hornets.