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Falcon women picked seventh in USA South women’s basketball poll

The USA South has announced the release of the 2020-21 Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll, with the Pfeiffer Falcons picked to finish seventh in the East Division.

Each divisional preseason poll only includes votes from coaches within that particular division. Head coaches do not vote for their own teams in the balloting.

Pfeiffer finished the 2019-20 campaign with a 12-13 overall record that included an 8-8 mark in USA South games.

Senior Brina Bentley (Chester, Va.) returns after earning USA South East Division Second Team honors a season ago. Bentley averaged 15.0 points per game last season for the Falcons and scored a career-best 32 points in a 79-77 home win over Methodist on Feb. 8. Bentley also earned USA South Player of the Week honors twice last season.

A’Mya McClain (Hickory, N.C.) also returns to anchor the backcourt in her senior season. Last season, she also had an outstanding outing against Methodist, notching 26 points in the win, also a career-best. She shot 46.5 percent from the field and a 38.5 percent clip from long-range last season and had 48 steals.

Bentley and McClain are also both within striking distance of scoring 1,000 career points.

Fellow senior Regan Allen (Olin, N.C.) looks to add to the Falcons’ offensive attack after shooting 27.8 percent from beyond the arc in 2019-20 as well as hitting 81.8 percent from the foul line. Allen posted a career-high 11 points against Mary Baldwin on Feb. 9 and also had a career-best 14 rebounds at Toccoa Falls in December 2019.

The 2021 USA South Women’s Basketball Tournament will once again be conducted exclusively on campus sites. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the tournament size will be reduced to the top-two seeded teams from each division. Additionally, USA South rules implemented for this season state that teams must complete seven Conference contests to be eligible to earn a divisional championship and/or advance to USA South tournament play. Divisional championships will take place between the two top teams from each division with the winners facing each other for the USA South Championship.