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Women’s Basketball Selected First In Preseason Conference Poll

UAlbany Sports Information   10-20-2016

BOSTON – The University at Albany women’s basketball team has been selected first in the preseason coaches’ poll, the conference offices announced Thursday.  The Great Danes were selected first in the poll for the fifth consecutive season.

The preseason coaches’ poll is voted on by the league’s nine head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own team.  UAlbany received five of a possible eight first-place votes, accumulating 60 points total.

UMBC, Maine, and Binghamton were selected second, third, and fourth respectively, with only four points separating the three teams.  UMBC and Maine received two first-place votes each.

Last season, after a 15-1 regular season conference record which tied for first with Maine for the regular season title, the Great Danes won an unprecedented fifth-consecutive America East title, defeating the Black Bears in the tournament final 59-58.  UAlbany went on to upset Florida in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The Great Danes return eight players from last year’s record-breaking squad, including Imani Tate, who was just named to the preseason All-Conference team for the second consecutive season, and Tiana-Jo Carter, who was named America East Sixth Player of the Year last season.

Season tickets are currently on sale, starting as low as $50.  For more information, visit ualbanysports.com/tickets, call the ticket office at 518-442-DANE, or email the ticket office at GreatDaneTickets@albany.edu.

2016-17 America East Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

Rank               School                        Points

1                      UAlbany                       60 (5)

2                      UMBC                          53 (2)

3                      Maine                           51 (2)

4                      Binghamton                 49

5                      Stony Brook                  36

6                      New Hampshire           24

7                      Hartford                         23

8                      Vermont                        20

9                      UMass Lowell                8

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