Lady Bobcats Picked Ninth in MEC Preseason Poll

Lady Bobcats Picked Ninth in MEC Preseason Poll

BRIDGEPORT – Glenville State has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2018 Mountain East Conference women's basketball championship in a vote conducted by the league's coaches. 

The Pioneers finished atop the poll with 120 points and 10 first-place votes. The Pioneers return eight players who averaged 20 minutes last season from a team that went 24-6 and won the MEC regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Paris McLeod, the reigning league Player Of The Year, is back after averaging 18.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.9 steals per game. Courtney Davis, who nearly averaged a double-double with 9.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, returns in the post for GSC.

Wheeling Jesuit, the two-time defending MEC Tournament champions, was picked to finish second in the poll with 110 points and one first-place vote. The Cardinals dynamic backcourt duo of seniors Mariah Callen and Monica Burns, along with Chenelle Moore in the frontcourt, will try to help the team to a third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

West Virginia State, under the direction of second-year head coach Charles Marshall, was picked to finish third in the poll with 85 points and had the remaining first-place vote. The Yellow Jackets will be led by Aurreshae Hines who averaged 16.7 points and 5.3 assists and last year's Freshman of the Year Sydney Bates (11.8 points per game in 2016-17).

Notre Dame was picked fourth with 75 points, followed by Charleston (71), Fairmont State (69), Shepherd (65) and West Liberty (62). West Virginia Wesleyan was tabbed ninth with 51 points, and UVa-Wise (43), Urbana (21) and Concord (20) rounded out the poll. 

The poll was released on Monday at the Mountain East Conference Media Day at the Bridgeport Conference Center in Bridgeport, W.Va.

The women's basketball season begins on Friday, Nov. 10. 
 

Mountain East Conference
Women's Basketball Preseason Poll

Rk.

Team

Points

1.

Glenville State (10)

120

2.

Wheeling Jesuit (1)

110

3.

West Virginia State (1)

85

4.

Notre Dame

75

5.

Charleston

71

6.

Fairmont State

69

7.

Shepherd

65

8.

West Liberty

62

9.

West Virginia Wesleyan

51

10.

UVa-Wise

43

11.

Urbana

21

12.

Concord

20

() denotes first-place votes