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Presidents Athletic Conference: 2017-2018 Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll

With the leaves almost all on the ground, it is time to revisit rivalries on the hardwood that span generations. The coaches of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference revealed Friday, Nov. 10 their choices for their 2017-2018 Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll. The Thomas More College Saints gathered nine of 10 first-place votes along with 99 points to rise to the top of the survey.

Followers of the Blue and White saw their squad rated fifth in the country at the end of October in both the D3hoops.com Preseason Top 25 and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division III Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll.

Thomas Moore led the league in scoring offense with an average of 85.9 points a contest and in scoring defense by permitting just 52.4 points per game. The combination was right for a +33.4 scoring margin in the Saints favor. The Women of the Bluegrass State claimed their 10th PAC Championship Tournament title last season with a 66-53 triumph over Saint Vincent College. The 2017-2018 campaign marks the last season TMC will be part of the conference, as they announced their departure this past May.

From PAC Athletics On YouTube.com – Thomas More head coach Jeff Hans, who is in his seventh season leading the Saints, comments about being the preseason favorite…

The Washington and Jefferson College Presidents garnered 86 points to come in second in the rankings. The Red and Black under 14-year head coach Jina DeRubbo were second in the league last year in assists, third in blocked shots, and fifth in steals.

Saint Vincent College rolled into the third slot with 83 points after locking up the last first-place vote. The Bearcats with Jimmy Petruska at the helm for eight seasons, racked up 66.7 points on average while surrendering 61.2 points per outing.

Waynesburg University checks in at fourth as the Yellow Jackets assembled 66 points while the Grove City College Wolverines completed the Top Five with 53. The Bethany College Bison were not far behind in sixth place with 52 points, and the Titans of Westminster College placed seventh with 44. The final three positions belonged to the Chatham University Cougars in eighth with 33 points, the Thiel College Tomcats in ninth with 19, and in the tenth, the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes with 15.

Five of the 10 schools take to the court on Wednesday, Nov. 15 with everybody playing at least one game this weekend, Nov. 17-18, in non-conference action.  The eight-team PAC Championship Tournament opens its quarterfinal round Monday, Feb. 19 with a pair of contests and wraps up Saturday, Feb. 24 with the title clash.

2017-2018 PAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll:

  1. Thomas More (28-1 Overall Last Season / 18-0 In PAC)
  2. Washington and Jefferson (16-10 / 13-5)
  3. Saint Vincent (18-10 / 13-5)
  4. Waynesburg (19-12 / 11-7)
  5. Grove City (14-13 / 10-8)
  6. Bethany (12-14 / 10-8)
  7. Westminster (11-16 / 5-13)
  8. Chatham (13-13 / 7-11)
  9. Thiel (5-20 / 2-16)
  10. Geneva (4-21 / 1-17)

PAC Women’s Basketball Players To Watch In 2017-2018:

Bethany

Kelsea Daugherty – Senior – Forward – 6-0 – Hometown: Newport, Ohio
Ashley Duthie – Junior – Forward – 5-7 – Madison, Ohio
Sammie Weiss – Junior – Guard – 5-10 – Taylorstown, Pennsylvania

Chatham

Ashley McClain – Junior – Guard – 5-4 – Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
Katie Sieg – Junior – Guard – 5-6 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Geneva

Jody Carlson – Junior – Guard/Forward – 5-6 – Winona Lake, Indiana
Callie Ford – Junior – Guard – 5-7 – Springfield, Ohio

Grove City

Lexie Arkwright – Senior – Guard – 5-8 – Mercer, Pennsylvania
Kate Balcom – Soph – Forward – 5-6 – Londonderry, New Hampshire
McKenzie Black – Junior – Guard – 5-3 – Akron, Ohio

Saint Vincent

Mara Benvenuti – Graduate – Guard – 5-9 – Franklin, Pennsylvania
Maria Morgan – Junior – Guard – 5-3 – Renovo, Pennsylvania
Babette Sanmartin – Senior – Forward – 5-10 – Gaithersburg, Maryland

Thiel

Taylor Duchon – Senior – Forward – 5-11 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alivia Sidley – Junior – Guard – 5-8 – Thompson, Ohio
Jess Vormelker – Junior – Guard – Orwell, Ohio

Thomas More

Nikki Kiernan – Senior – Forward – 5-10 – Cold Spring, Kentucky
Abby Owings – Senior – Guard – 5-2 – Independence, Kentucky
Madison Temple – Junior – Guard – 6-0 – Cincinnati, Ohio

Washington and Jefferson

Mya Gordon – Senior – Center – 6-0 – Washington, Pennsylvania
Amirah Moore – Senior – Guard – 5-7 – Moon Township, Pennsylvania
Danielle Parker – Junior – Forward – 5-11 – Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

Waynesburg

Addy Knetzer – Senior – Forward – 5-11 – Houston, Pennsylvania
Monica Starre – Junior – Guard – 5-8 – Jewett, Ohio

Westminster

Emily Fromknecht – Sophomore – Forward – 6-0 – Erie, Pennsylvania

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