Navy Places Fourth in League Women’s Basketball Poll
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. –– The Navy women’s basketball team placed fourth in the 2017-18 Patriot League Pre-Season Poll that was announced Wednesday by the league office.
Voters consisted of the head coach and sports information contact for the sport from each of the 10 league programs, and they were not allowed to include the school they represent on their ballot.
The Mids garnered one first-place vote and 119 points in all to comfortably finish in fourth place. Bucknell and Army West Point tied for first place as each received both seven first-place nods and 140 total points. American earned the remaining five first-place votes and totaled 134 points in all to finish in third place between the Bison / Black Knight duo and the Mids.
The remaining results saw Boston U. place fifth (91 points), Holy Cross sixth (81), Lehigh seventh (64), Colgate eighth (55), Loyola ninth (54) and Lafayette 10th (22).
Navy returns three starters, six letterwinners and eight players from last year’s team that set a school record for the most wins posted in a season (24-10), placed second in the Patriot League regular season (14-4), reached the championship game of the Patriot League Tournament and advanced to the second round of the WNIT. Navy’s first-round win over George Washington marked the program’s first victory in a national post-season tournament.
The Mids open the 2017-18 season Nov. 10 at Marist and begin their home slate Nov. 12 against Rider. Single-game and season tickets are available through the Navy Ticket Office at either 1-800-US4-NAVY or by clicking the TICKETS link found on the home page of NavySports.com.
2017-18 Patriot League Preseason Poll
T1. Army West Point, 140 (7 first-place votes)
T1. Bucknell, 140 (7)
3. American, 134 (5)
4. Navy, 119 (1)
5. Boston University, 91
6. Holy Cross, 81
7. Lehigh, 64
8. Colgate, 55
9. Loyola Maryland, 54
10. Lafayette, 22
2017-18 Patriot League Preseason All-League Team
Madison Hovren, Army West Point, Jr., F (Pre-Season Player of the Year)
Sophie Beaudry, Boston University, Sr., C
Kaitlyn Slagus, Bucknell, Jr., F
Lauren Manis, Holy Cross, So., F
Bri Betz-White, Loyola Maryland, Sr., G