NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The defending Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) champion and newly-ranked No. 23 University of the Sciences women's basketball team was a near unanimous selection to capture the CACC South as the league released the 2017-18 CACC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll on Wednesday.
USciences received 13 of a possible 14 first-place votes, with the lone remaining one going to second place Jefferson.
Chestnut Hill and Goldey-Beacom were voted third and fourth, while Holy Family and Wilmington tied for fifth. Rounding out the Southern portion of the poll was Georgian Court.
In the Northern Division, Caldwell earned 12 of the 14 top-votes, with second place Bloomfield receiving the other two.
University of the Sciences has captured the CACC South title in two of the previous three seasons. Notably, the Devils have qualified for the CACC Tournament by placing in the top-four of the CACC South for seven straight years.
USciences is coming off its most successful season in program history, in which 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.
2017-18 CACC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1. University of the Sciences 97 (13 first-place votes)
2. Thomas Jefferson University 73 (1)
3. Chestnut Hill College 70
4. Goldey-Beacom College 59
T5. Holy Family University 39
T5. Wilmington University 39
7. Georgian Court University 14
1. Caldwell University 96 (12)
2. Bloomfield College 86 (2)
3. Dominican College 66
4. Concordia College 53
5. Nyack College 33
6. Felician University 32
7. Post University 23