NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The two-time defending Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) champion University of the Sciences women's basketball team has finished tied atop the CACC Preseason Coaches Poll with Jefferson, the league office announced on Wednesday.
USciences received eight of the 14 possible first-place votes, with Jefferson collecting the six other, but the two teams were tied with 90 points apiece, 17 points clear of third place Chestnut Hill.
University of the Sciences (17-2) and Jefferson (16-3) were separated by one game in the regular season standings last season, with the Devils winning both regular season matchups by five points. The Devils then defeated the Rams in the CACC Championship game, 64-56, to capture their second consecutive title and begin a historic postseason run.
USciences would go on to win two NCAA Tournament games to advance to its first-ever Sweet 16 and East Region final, capping a season in which the Devils set program-records for wins (30), regular season victories (25), win-streak (18), CACC victories for a 19-game schedule and national ranking (No. 11).
University of the Sciences returns 10-of-15 letterwinners from that team, including starters Colleen Walsh, Alex Thomas and Jordan Vitelli, who all currently rank in the top-eight in program history in 3-point field goals, as well as its top scorer off the bench in Irisa Ye.
Holy Family and Goldey-Beacom rounded out the top-five of the CACC South Poll, while Wilmington and Georgian Court were sixth and seventh.
In the north, Bloomfield edged Caldwell by four points as it garnered eight top-votes. Caldwell received five, while third place Dominican earned the last one.
Felician, Post, Concordia and Nyack were voted fourth through seventh.
2018-19 CACC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1. Bloomfield College 89 (8 first-place votes)
2. Caldwell University 85 (5)
3. Dominican College 75 (1)
4. Felician University 49
5. Post University 48
6. Concordia College 27
7. Nyack College 20
T1. University of the Sciences 90 (8)
T1. Jefferson 90 (6)
3. Chestnut Hill College 71
4. Holy Family University 55
5. Goldey-Beacom College 39
6. Wilmington University 23
7. Georgian Court University 18