Brooklyn, N.Y. (October 25, 2016) – The Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball team was picked to finish eighth in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, which was announced at the NEC Social Media Day on Wednesday at the Barclays Center.
Saint Francis U was tabbed the preseason favorite, receiving seven of a possible nine first-place votes. Reigning NEC Champion Robert Morris placed second with three first-place votes, and Bryant was picked third to round out the top-three in the poll. Sacred Heart, Central Connecticut, St. Francis Brooklyn and Fairleigh Dickinson took the 4-7 spots, and Mount St. Mary's, LIU Brooklyn and Wagner rounded out the final three.
The Mountaineers finished last season at 12-18 overall and 10-8 in conference play as they claimed fifth place in the league and earned a trip to the NEC Quarterfinals. They enter their first season under new Head Coach Maria Marchesano, and bring back three starters from the 2016-17 squad, including leading scorer and All-NEC performer, Caroline Hummell, All-Rookie Team member, Ashlee White, and last year's fourth-leading scorer, Katrice Dickson.
The Mount bolstered this year's roster with the addition of six freshmen: Bridget Birkhead (Doylestown, Pa), Rebecca Lee (Severn, Md.), Hunter Rowson (Upper Marlboro, Md.), Jatarrikah Settle (Odenton, Md.), Daly Sullivan (South Bend, Ind.) and Aryna Taylor (Ashland, Va.).
Mount St. Mary's opens the 2017-18 campaign at Notre Dame on November 11 at 1 p.m.
2017-18 NEC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Saint Francis U (7)
2. Robert Morris (3)
4. Sacred Heart
5. Central Connecticut
6. St. Francis Brooklyn
7. Fairleigh Dickinson
8. Mount St. Mary's
9. LIU Brooklyn
( ) – First-place votes
2017-18 NEC Women's Basketball Preseason All-NEC Team
Katherine Haines, SHU, R-Jr, F, 6-2, Ridgefield Park, NJ/Ridgefield Park
Ace Harrison, SFU, Gr, F, 6-2, Baltimore, MD/Digital Harbor (Maryland)
Jessica Kovatch, SFU, Jr, G, 5-9, Phillipsburg, PA/Phillipsburg
Amina Markovic, FDU, Sr, F, Brooklyn, NY/Midwood
Megan Smith, RMU, Sr, F, 6-1, Barrie, Ontario/Eastview