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St. Vincent women's basketball team earns preseason ranking

By Staff Reports
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011
 

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

Team Pts.

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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