Pioneers ranked 6th in first regular-season D2SIDA Southeast Region poll

Pioneers ranked 6th in first regular-season D2SIDA Southeast Region poll

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- The Tusculum University women's basketball team is ranked sixth in the inaugural D2SIDA Southeast Region poll of the 2018-19 regular season.

The Pioneers earned their ranking after opening the season with three consecutive victories away from home. Tusculum defeated Belmont Abbey 64-49 and King 76-55 in the South Atlantic Conference/Conference Carolinas Challenge to open the season on Nov. 9 and 10, then beat Clayton State 65-62 on a buzzer-beater last Thursday.

On Monday, the Pioneers routed Virginia State, which is ranked sixth in the D2SIDA Atlantic Region poll, by a score of 74-48 in their home opener to improve their record to 4-0 for the second straight season. Tusculum was ranked in the D2SIDA Southeast Region poll for nine weeks last season, reaching as high as fifth on two occasions.

Defending SAC and region champion Carson-Newman is ranked first, followed by North Georgia, Columbus State, Barton and Lander. Tusculum is the second-highest ranked of the four SAC teams in the survey, with Flagler in seventh, Wingate eighth, Newberry ninth and Francis Marion in 10th.

Tusculum will open its SAC schedule next Wednesday, Nov. 28 on the road at Anderson, with tipoff at 6 p.m.

D2SIDA Women's Basketball Southeast Region Rankings
through games of Nov. 18
1. Carson-Newman
2. North Georgia
3. Columbus State
4. Barton
5. Lander
6. TUSCULUM
7. Flagler
8. Wingate
9. Newberry
10. Francis Marion