If everything goes according to the Peach Belt Conference preseason coaches' poll, then the Augusta State and USC Aiken women's basketball teams will be battling for last place when they meet on Jan. 19 and Feb. 2.
Both are picked last with 26 points apiece.
Francis Marion, which went 27-3 last season and advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 was picked to win the conference title with 10 first-place votes.
Columbus State, which got the other two first-place votes, is picked to finish second.
In the men's poll, Augusta State is picked to finish third with 97 points while USC Aiken is picked seventh with 51 points. The Jaguars, who shared the PBAC title with Lander and Georgia College and State, received two first-place votes and three second-place votes.
Lander, which advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, is the favorite to win the conference. The Senators received seven first-place votes for 117 points, while Georgia College and State received two first-place votes (105 points) and Armstrong Atlantic State collected one first-place vote (88).
The volleyball team (18-16, 7-7 PBAC) needs to win one of its final two regular-season matches against Newberry (today at home, 7 p.m.) or at Presbyterian (Monday, 7 p.m.) to finish with a winning record.
Augusta most likely will open play in the PBAC Tournament on Nov. 12 as the No. 4 seed. The Lady Jags, who have a 2-15 all-time record against USC Spartanburg, open play against the Lady Rifles.
The volleyball team (11-17, 3-11 PBAC) finished its regular season with a three-game win over Newberry College on Wednesday.
Freshman Lakshmi Logendran had nine kills and 12 digs, while Candice Anderson added 40 assists in the wins.
USCA will begin play in the PBAC Tournament in Greenwood, S.C., as the seventh seed. The Lady Pacers most likely will play Francis Marion in the first round.
The USCA women's soccer team won its final two matches of the season to even its record at 7-7-2. Heather Lakatos had two goals in a win 4-3 over Brewton-Parker on Oct. 27, while Kristen Schreiber and Shaela Linn combined for a pair of goals in a shutout win over the University of Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday.
The basketball team held its annual Cardinal and White intrasquad scrimmage on Wednesday. The White team, led by Corey Faggins' 22-point, seven-rebound performance, won 81-49.
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