DePauw Women's Basketball Tops 2018-19 NCAC Preseason Poll

DePauw Women's Basketball Tops 2018-19 NCAC Preseason Poll

 NCAC Women's Basketball Preseason Poll

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) announced its women’s basketball preseason poll on Tuesday, Oct. 30, and DePauw was predicted to win the conference title according to the coaches.

The Tigers grabbed eight of the nine first-place votes, totaling 75 points for the top spot. Oberlin secured the final first-place vote, netting 70 points overall for second while Kenyon earned a third-place ranking with 63 points. Wittenberg (53) and Denison (46) rounded out the top five in the voting. Hiram (38), Wooster (23), Allegheny (21) and Ohio Wesleyan (16) completed the nine-team field.

DePauw was picked to repeat as the conference champion after winning the previous two NCAC women’s basketball titles. The Tigers finished last season with a 25-3 overall record and a 16-0 mark in the NCAC. The 2017-18 squad earned its 15th-straight berth into the national tournament after receiving one of the 21 at-large bids into the championship field. Head coach, Kris Huffman, enters her 26thseason at the helm of the Tigers with a 596-120 (.832) record. This year’s team features one senior in the form of defending NCAC Player of the Year, Maya Howard (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS). She averaged 15.2 points, 4.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game in her junior season. Sophomore Claire Keefe (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville), the 2017-18 NCAC Newcomer of the Year, also returns from a rookie campaign where she averaged 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

Oberlin won last season's NCAC Women’s Basketball tournament crown, its first in conference history.

The 2018-19 season kicks off Saturday, Nov. 10, with four non-conference games. The first conference action will take place Wednesday, Nov. 14, when Kenyon takes on Wooster at 7:30 pm in Gambier, Ohio.

  

2018-19 NCAC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)

1.

DePauw (8)

75

2.

Oberlin (1) 

70

3.

Kenyon

63

4.

Wittenberg

53

5. 

Denison

46

6.

Hiram

38

7.

Wooster

23

8.

Allegheny

21

9.

Ohio Wesleyan

16