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Butler, Women Skyhawks Pre-Season Favorites

October 23rd, 2012 - By Charles Choate

The UT-Martin women’s Skyhawks have been picked to win their division in the OVC pre-season basketball poll released Tuesday.

At the conference Media Day in Nashville yesterday, the Skyhawks were picked to win the West Division, with Tennessee Tech tabbed to take the East Division.

UT-Martin received 19 first place votes in the pre-season poll and are coming off a (23-9) season that included a (15-1) OVC record.

Coach Kevin McMillan’s team won the conference championship and OVC tournament in 2011, but fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Tennessee.

McMillan said the pre-season pick was “an honor” for the team, calling it another first for the program.

The fourth year coach will return three players from last year’s team, including this year’s pre-season “Player of the Year” Heather Butler and Jasmine Newsome.

The women’s Skyhawks will open season play on November 1st when they host an exhibition game with Martin Methodist.