Bridgeport, W.Va. - West Liberty has been tabbed as the favorite to win the Mountain East Conference women’s basketball title in a vote conducted by the league’s coaches.
The Hilltoppers, coming off their seventh 20-win season in the last eight years, narrowly edged out Glenville State for the top spot by a single point, 133-132. The Lady Pioneers, under the direction of first-year coach Charles Marshall, garnered just as many first-place votes ast WLU (five). Both West Liberty and Glenville State received votes in the initial NCAA Division II USA Today Preseason Top 25 coaches’ poll.
Fairmont State was a close third in the vote finishing with 125 points. The Falcons advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year along with Glenville State. Charleston was picked to finish fourth (100 points), followed by Shepherd (88), West Virginia State (74), Concord (62) and West Virginia Wesleyan (61). Urbana was slotted in the ninth (48), Wheeling Jesuit was picked to finish 10th (45), Notre Dame College was picked to finish 11th (44) and UVa-Wise was predicted to finish in 12th (24).
The poll was released at the first Mountain East Conference Media Day at the Bridgeport Conference Center.
The 2013-14 basketball season opens on Friday, Nov. 8. Following opening round games at campus sites, the MEC Tournament will be played at the Charleston Civic Center March 6-9.
|Mountain East Conference
Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll
|1.||West Liberty (5)||133|
|2.||Glenville State (5)||132|
|3.||Fairmont State (2)||125|
|6.||West Virginia State||74|
|8.||West Virginia Wesleyan||61|
|11.||Notre Dame College||44|
|() denotes first-place votes