Xavier University of Louisiana’s SiMon Franklin and Carmen Holcombe have been selected to the All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference preseason women’s basketball team by the GCAC head coaches. The conference announced the team Wednesday.

Franklin, a 5-foot-7 senior guard from Baton Rouge, La., and a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy, was All-GCAC in 2011-12 and the MVP of the GCAC Tournament, which Xavier won 58-50 against Talladega. Franklin led the Gold Nuggets with 10 points per game. She shot 46 percent from the floor and had 57 assists and 70 steals.

Holcombe, a 5-11 junior forward from Plano, Texas, and a graduate of Plano West High School, averaged 5.1 points and 4.2 rebounds as a sophomore. She was the Nuggets’ No. 6 scorer and No. 3 rebounder. Holcombe had 11 points and eight rebounds at Georgetown (Ky.) in Xavier’s come-from-behind 79-76 victory.

Xavier is one of three schools with two preseason All-GCAC players. Talladega and SUNO are the other schools. read more…