MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team was tabbed to finish fourth in the Northeast Division of the Northeast-10 Conference, according to the NE10 Preseason Coaches Poll that was released by the league office Friday.
The Penmen received one first-place vote and 78 total points, while defending NE10 Champion Bentley University was unanimously picked to win the Northeast Division with 112 points after garnering all 14 possible first-place votes. Saint Anselm College was second with 83 points, ahead of Stonehill College, which gathered 79 points to finish one ahead of SNHU and its remaining first-place nod. Merrimack College finished fifth with 74 points, while Assumption College (50), Saint Michael's College (35) and Franklin Pierce University (21) rounded out the remainder of the Northeast.
In a tightly-contested Southwest poll, Adelphi University emerged with five first-place votes and 82 points. Le Moyne College received three first-place votes and 73 points to claim second place, while Southern Connecticut State University slotted in fourth with 64 points and four first-place votes, just ahead of Pace University, which garnered the three remaining first-place votes and 60 points. American International College, despite not earning a first-place nod, was right behind in fifth with 57 points, while the College of Saint Rose (39) and the University of New Haven (34) capped the poll.
The Penmen, who are led by 14th-year bench boss Karen Pinkos, will look to build on a 17-12 campaign from a year ago in which they made the NE10 postseason for the first time in six years and captured their first NE10 Championship victory in seven years. Southern New Hampshire welcomes back senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.), who was named a WBCA All-America Honorable Mention last season after starting all 29 games and averaging 17.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game, while shooting 47.5 percent (182-383) from the field and 82.5 percent (132-160) from the stripe. Third-leading scorer and fellow senior captain Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) will also be counted on to shoulder the load following a campaign in which she tallied 8.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.4 apg and 1.7 spg.
The Penmen tip off their season Friday, Nov. 9 (5:30 p.m.) when they play host to Bloomfield College at the Stan Spirou Field House, as part of the NE10/CACC Challenge.
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2018-19 Northeast-10 Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Bentley – 112 Pts. (14)
2. Saint Anselm – 83
3. Stonehill – 79
4. So. New Hampshire – 78 (1)
5. Merrimack – 74
6. Assumption – 50
7. Saint Michael's – 35
8. Franklin Pierce – 21
1. Adelphi – 82 Pts. (5)
2. Le Moyne – 73 (3)
3. So. Connecticut – 64 (4)
4. Pace – 60 (3)
5. American Int'l – 57
6. Saint Rose – 39
7. New Haven – 34
(#) - indicates first-place votes