The Lady Bleu Devils
of Dillard University were ranked fifth in the 2012-2013 women's basketball
preseason poll selected by the coaches. Xavier
University was ranked number one, with Talladega, Southern University at New
Orleans (SUNO) and Tougaloo rounding out the top half.
Those ranked below the Lady Bleu Devils were Edward Waters College,
Philander Smith College and Fisk University.
The top returners for the Lady Bleu Devils include Jazzmin Smith, Brittany Smith and Kierrariel
Mitchell. J. Smith is a 5'11" senior
post player who earned All-American Honorable Mention honors last year as well
as GCAC 1st Team All-Conference honors. B. Smith is a 5'7" sophomore guard who returns
as a starter, and Mitchell is a 5'11" sophomore forward who also returns as a
The Lady Bleu Devils will truly miss Ariel "Mighty" Mitchell who
recently signed with the Harlem Globetrotters.
Mighty is a 5'6" guard who made GCAC 1st Team All-Conference
the last three years. However, Dillard
got some key acquisitions over the offseason which will surely help fill the
void that Mitchell left for the Lady Bleu Devils.
Top newcomers include Shea Collins, Alena Evans, and Carolyn
Baker. Collins is a 5'7" junior
guard who transferred from IUPUI.
Collins was ranked among ESPN.com's top-100 point guards as a
senior. Evans is a 5'10" freshman guard
from Liberty High School (Las Vegas, Nv.) where she made 2nd team All-State
and also 1st team All-Southeast Division. Baker is a 6'2" junior forward who transferred
from Wyoming University, and currently plays on the Lady Bleu Devils volleyball