Women’s Basketball Tabbed Second in CAC Preseason Poll
Arlington, Va. – Marymount University’s women’s basketball team was selected second in the Capital Athletic Conference Preseason Poll, as announced by the league office on Thursday. The Saints collected 70 total points, including three first place votes, after winning both the CAC regular season and tournament championships last season.
League newcomer Christopher Newport was the only team picked ahead of the Saints with 78 total points and six first place votes. The Captains won the USA South conference championship last year and defeated Marymount in the NCAA Tournament second round.
Following CNU and Marymount, rival Mary Washington was selected third with 66 points and the lone remaining first place vote while York (Pa.) came in fourth with 61 points. Salisbury (49 points) and St. Mary’s (Md.) (33 points) came in fifth and sixth, respectively while newcomer Penn State Harrisburg (29), Frostburg State (23) and Wesley (18) rounded out the poll. New CAC member Southern Virginia garnered 21 points but does not count in the league standing during their final year of provisional Division III membership.
Marymount is nationally ranked in three different preseason polls. The Saints were tabbed eighth by DIIINews, 18th in the WBCA/USA TODAY Sports poll and 21st overall by D3Hoops.com.
Marymount posted a 24-5 record, its record 12th CAC championship and 17th appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2012-13. The Saints return four starters, including back-to-back CAC Player of the Year Katelyn Fischer, as well as eight letterwinners.