St. Vincent women's basketball team earns preseason ranking
The St. Vincent College women's basketball team is ranked No. 24 in the D3hoops.com Preseason Poll for NCAA Division III schools.
Defending champion Amherst (Mass.) is ranked No. 1.
Four St. Vincent starters, including senior forward Brittany Sedlock, the Presidents' Athletic Conference player of the year, return from a 24-5 team that earned a bid to the Division III playoffs in the school's first year as a full member.
The others are junior forward Devin McGrath, senior guard Emily Fenton and junior guard Melissa Mansur.
Jimmy Petruska is in his first season as coach at St. Vincent after serving on an interim basis for most of last season following the Dec. 25 death of Kristen Zawacki, who won 512 games as the program's only previous coach.
She reportedly died of natural causes related to a heart attack.
St. Vincent opens the season on Nov. 18 at the Messiah College Hampton Inn Tip-Off Classic.
D3hoops.com Preseason Poll
1. Amherst (13) 593
2. Chicago (7) 590
3. George Fox (3) 541
4. William Paterson (2) 494
5. Babson 484
6. Calvin 482
7. Washington, Mo. 25-6
8. Rochester 371
9. Lebanon Valley 323
10. DePauw 308
11. Wisconin-Stevens Point 306
12. Denison 288
13. Mt. Union 274
14. Bowdoin 251
15. Greensboro 238
16. Colby 203
17. Illinois Wesleyan 185
18. Thomas More 178
19. Hope 167
20. Muhlenberg 164
21. Wisconsin-Whitewater 121
22. Messiah 109
23. Howard Payne 106
24. St. Vincent 105
25. Lewis & Clark 101
Note: First-place votes in parentheses.
Others receiving votes: Wisconsin Lutheran, 94; Christopher Newport, 90; Wisconin-Rivers Falls, 86; Wheaton 67, Baldwin-Wallace 60, Juniata 46, Williams 37, Randolph-Macon 33, Rhode Island College 26, Louisiana College, 21; Mary Washington, 19; Johns Hopkins, 18; Mt. St. Mary, N.Y., 17; Ohio Northern, 17; Simpson, 17; DeSales, 16; Coe, 13; Kean, 9; Medaille, 8; Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 8; Centre, Ky., 7; Maryville, 5; St. Norbert, 3; Carthage, 2; and St. Thomas, 1.
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