The UAM women’s basketball team has been picked to finish eighth in the GAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

The Cotton Blossoms received two sixth place votes, four seventh place votes, and two eighth place votes. UAM is rebuilding under first year head coach Tanya Ray. Ray comes to UAM after an 11-year tenure as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level, most recently the top assistant at Arkansas State since 2002.

Arkansas Tech was picked to finish first by the league’s coaches. The Golden Suns received all eight first place votes. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team, so the Suns’ first-place vote went to the Southeastern Savage Storm.