Women's Basketball Picked Ninth in NAC Preseason Poll
Nov 14, 2014
WATERVILLE, ME - The North Atlantic Conference preseason women's basketball coaches poll was released today, and the Thomas women's team is projected to finish in sixth place. The Terriers received 21 points, finishing just four points behind Lyndon State College.
Castleton State College and Colby-Sawyer College tied for the top spot. Both the Spartans and the Chargers split the ten first place votes for a total of 94 points apiece. Husson University earned third place with 80 points, while Maine Maritime Academy claimed fourth with 67 points and New England College was selected fifth after receiving 59 points to round out the top billing.
Thomas (4-22, 4-14 NAC last season) first-year head coach Emily Cummins will look to build the Terriers' program and take it to the next level. Thomas returns two starters in juniors Ashleigh Gagne and Katie McAllister, and will look to several newcomers to make an early impact. Thomas has scheduled Colby College, Salem State, and Saint Joseph's (Maine) to prepare for their NAC schedule.
Six of the ten NAC women's basketball teams will kick off their quest for the 2014-15 conference title this weekend. The top six teams in the 2014-15 regular-season conference standings will qualify for the conference tournament, which gets underway Tuesday, February 24, with quarterfinal action between seeds 3-6. The top two seeds will earn a buy in the first round and will take on the two quarterfinal winners in the semifinals on Friday, February 27. The two semifinal victors will battle for the NAC championship on Saturday, February 28.
Voting for the preseason poll was conducted among the league's head women's basketball coaches.