CARROLLTON, Ga. – The Gulf South Conference released the 2019-20 Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll on Thursday, and the UWG Wolves were picked sixth by the league’s coaches.


The Wolves, who officially begin preseason practice on Tuesday, October 15, are coming off a 16-12 record a season ago and a 10-10 mark in Gulf South Conference play. West Georgia also made another trip to the GSC Tournament a season ago, reaching the semifinals for the first time since 2017.


Defending tournament champion Lee was picked to win the league with nine first place votes while Union was picked second with four first place votes. West Florida, Delta State, Valdosta State, and the Wolves round out numbers three through six.


West Georgia’s top two scorers from last season graduated, leaving rising senior Edley Drawhorn as the Wolves’ leading returning scorer. Drawhorn averaged 7.6 points per game as a junior in 2018-19 and was second on the team in assists with 50.


Tenth-year head coach Scott Groninger brought in an impressive recruiting class, including true freshman Lanee’ Edwards and junior college transfer Kyla Mize, both of which were named Top Newcomers by Groninger in the preseason release.


Practice begins Tuesday for the UWG women’s basketball squad. The season officially tips off on Friday, November 8 in Tampa, Florida as the Wolves take on Tampa and Florida Tech on back-to-back days. UWG will play three road games prior to the home opener. The first action at The Coliseum is set for Tuesday, November 19 as West Georgia hosts Fort Valley State in a 5:30 p.m. contest.