PHILADELPHIA –After receiving its first-ever national ranking in 2016-17, the University of the Sciences women's basketball team is ranked in two national preseason polls, including a program-record No. 16 in the D2SIDA Women's Basketball Preseason Media National Poll.
The Devils are also ranked No. 23 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 Coaches' Poll.
USciences is one of just four teams from the East Region represented in either of the rankings, joining Bentley, Queens and Caldwell.
Notably, the Devils garnered a top-vote and are ranked second in the East Region of the D2SIDA Women's Basketball Preseason Media Regional Polls behind Bentley, who received three of the six first-place votes. No. 4 Adelphi and No. 6 Queens also received one top-vote each. No. 3 Caldwell and No. 5 St. Thomas Aquinas round out the top-five.
Defending national champion Ashland received all but two first-place votes between the two national rankings, with Virginia Union and Alaska Anchorage each earning one. Harding, Colorado State-Pueblo and Columbus State also appear in the top-five of one of the two polls.
USciences, recently selected to repeat as Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Southern Division champions by the league's coaches, is coming off its most successful season in program history. The Devils won a school-record 27 games, captured their third-ever CACC Championship and won their first-ever NCAA Tournament game.
USciences opens its 2017-18 campaign with a three-game homestand, beginning with a contest against Southern New Hampshire on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. The Devils then host Le Moyne the next day, Saturday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. as part of the Conference Challenge, before welcoming Bloomsburg to Bobby Morgan Arena for a 6 p.m. start on Wednesday, Nov. 15.