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Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Lipscomb's Lady Bisons were selected by both the coaches and media polls to finish as the regular season champion in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Last season the Lady Bisons, picked eighth in the preseason polls, finished in a four-way tie for the regular season championship with Belmont, UCF and Georgia State.
Lipscomb received five of 11 first place votes in the coaches poll and four in the media poll where they shared top honors with Georgia State.
"It's an honor for the school and the program to be recognized as No. 1, but it doesn't do much as far as this season," said Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett. "We have to realize we have to go out and earn it again. Our approach is to just try to get in the tournament and play well when we get there."
The Lady Bisons won the Atlantic Sun Tournament last season, earning the conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Bennett was named A-Sun Coach of the Year for his efforts.
"We have to put all of that behind us," Bennett said. "We enjoyed last season, and all of the things that happened. It was a great fairy tale experience."
The top eight teams go to the A-Sun Tournament which will be held again in Dothan, Ala. Most of the top players are back from last season. The coaches poll favored UCF as the conference tournament champion. The media poll selected Georgia State.
"It is going to be a great league," Bennett said. "Most teams have four starters back. It should be a much stronger league."
Courtney Boynton, from Beech High School in Hendersonville, was named to the preseason All-Conference team. Last season she was named to the All-Conference team.
"It's her senior year, and Courtney wants to enjoy it and get the most out of each day," Bennett said. "I think that is the way she should approach it."
Boynton who led the team in scoring last season with 14.5 points per game, is taking a team approach rather than worrying about individual honors.
"It's a good thing, but it's not about the individual stuff," Boynton said. "We have to make sure we are ready as a team. When you are No. 1 all you can do is prove yourself