The Merrimack College women’s basketball program was selected to finish in sixth place in the Northeast Division, as the Northeast-10 Conference unveiled its Preseason Coaches’ Poll on Wednesday morning.
Coming off a fifth-place finish in 2016-17 and a trip to the NE10 Quarterfinals, Merrimack earned 46 points in the poll. The Warriors won 13 games – including a 10-11 NE10 mark – and went on to upset fourth-seeded Pace University in the opening round of the conference tournament.
Courtesy of 12 of a possible 15 first-place votes, Bentley University was deemed preseason favorites after winning the division one year ago. The Falcons earned 103 points overall, besting second-place Stonehill (93) by 10. The Skyhawks received the other three first-place tallies.
Assumption (74), Saint Anselm (58) and Southern New Hampshire (48) comprised the remainder of the top-five. The Warriors finished just outside of that group, ranking in front of Saint Michael’s (36) and Franklin Pierce (18).
In the Southwest Division, American International emerged as the front-runner with 12 first-place votes and 90 points overall. Adelphi (73) and Le Moyne (72) landed in second and third, respectively, splitting the final three first-place votes with the Panthers earning two to edge out the Dolphins. Southern Connecticut (40), Pace (37), New Haven (30) and Saint Rose (29) rounded out the remainder of the poll.
The Warriors open the 2017-18 season this Saturday when Merrimack competes in the Georgian Court Invitational, playing at pair of games in Lakewood, N.J.