Beavers Selected to Finish Eighth in Preseason Poll

Beavers Selected to Finish Eighth in Preseason Poll

 8. UMaine-Farmington (4-20, 4-14 NAC) will be under the direction of Jamie Beaudoin, who enters his 19th season leading the Beavers. UMF's key returners include Cheyenne Malloy (Skowhegan, Maine), who averaged six ppg, and Jenessa Talarico (Lewiston, Maine), who averaged 4.4 ppg, along with Paige Carter (So. Portland, Maine), Morgan Crocker (Boothbay, Maine; pictured right) and Haley Felkel (Cumberland, Maine). Forwards McKenna Brodeur (Oakland, Maine) and Adlin Chaparin (Winthrop, Maine), along with guards Emilee Eustis (Wilton, Maine) and Kasey Talarico (Lewiston, Maine) will look to make an impact. The Beavers will face a challenging non-conference schedule, playing Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, and St. Joseph's looking prepare for conference action. UMF opens with Lesley on November 18

Husson has claimed the top spot in the 2017-18 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Basketball Preseason Poll. The defending champions earned six of the ten first-place votes for a total of 92 points, while Castleton was selected second after earning three first-place votes for a total of 86 points and Colby-Sawyer earned third with 83 points after claiming the remaining first-place vote.

New England College took fourth with 71 points, while Maine Maritime placed fifth with 66 points and Lyndon was selected sixth with 45 points. Rounding out the poll were Thomas in seventh (37 points), UMaine-Farmington in eighth (29 points), Johnson in ninth (28 points), and Green Mountain in 10th (13 points).

Voting for the preseason poll was conducted among the league's head women's basketball coaches.

2017-18 NAC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll

 

Team

Points (1st Place Votes)

1.

Husson

92 (6)

2.

Castleton

86 (3)

3.

Colby-Sawyer

83 (1)

4.

New England College

71

5.

Maine Maritime

66

6.

Lyndon

45

7.

Thomas

37

8.

UMaine-Farmington

29

9.

Johnson

28

10.

Green Mountain

13

 

The top four teams in the 2017-18 preseason poll competed as the top four seeds in the NAC Tournament last season. Husson claimed the No. 1 seed, while Castleton was No. 2, New England College was No. 3 and Colby-Sawyer was the No. 4 seed in the 2017 conference tournament. The four teams faced off in the NAC Semifinals, while NEC claimed a 52-48 upset win over Castleton and Husson defeated Colby-Sawyer, 87-49. In the championship final, the Eagles came away with a 58-55 win over the Pilgrims.

After claiming their second-consecutive NAC title, Husson went on to compete in the NCAA Tournament. In the first round of the national tournament, the Eagles captured their first national tournament victory with a 74-72 win over DeSales. Unfortunately, Husson then fell to eventual national runner-up Tufts, 64-44, in the second round.

All ten NAC women's basketball teams will kick off their quest for the 2017-18 conference title this week. The top six teams in the regular-season conference standings will qualify for the conference tournament, which gets underway Tuesday, February 20, with quarterfinal action between seeds 3-6. The top two seeds will earn a bye in the first round and will take on the two quarterfinal winners in the semifinals on Friday, February 23. The two semifinal victors will battle for the NAC championship on Saturday, February 24.

Click HERE to view the 2017-18 NAC Women's Basketball composite schedule.