NEW HAVEN, Conn. (November 3, 2015) -- The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) announced its 2015-16 women's basketball preseason coaches poll on Tuesday, and Bloomfield College and Holy Family University were tabbed to win their respective divisions. The announcement was made by CACC Commissioner Dan Mara.
The voting for the preseason poll was conducted by the league's 14 head coaches in the sport.
Holy Family, which enters the new season as the defending conference champions following their impressive run through the CACC post-season tournament, earned 90 points in the voting, including nine first-place votes. The Tigers return their three leading scorers from a season ago, including senior guard Erin Fenningham (11.4 ppg), senior forward Kasey Woetzel (11.3 ppg) and junior guard Jill Conroy (10.6 ppg). After capturing the CACC crown last March, Holy Family marched into the NCAA East Regional as the No. 8 seed and knocked off top-seed Adelphi University, 84-79, on the Panthers' home court to become the first eighth seed in East Region history to knock off the one seed in the opening round (either men or women).
Bloomfield returns four of its five starters from a season ago, including Second-Team All-CACC performer Tianna Smith (14.6 ppg) and third-teamer Morgan Taylor (11.3 ppg). The Bears went 15-4 last season in CACC play to earn a share of the league's North Division championship. It marked the second-consecutive season Bloomfield won a league title, as the year before in 2013-14, they won the conference tournament to punch a ticket to the NCAA Division II East Regional Tournament.
Rounding out the top three in the South Division was Philadelphia University (2nd, 81 points, 3 1st place votes) and University of the Sciences (3rd, 65 points, 1 1st place vote). USciences won the South Division title last season with a 15-4 conference mark, while PhilaU was a game back in the standings at 14-5. However, the Rams reached the conference final on their home court and return two starters from that team, highlighted by Bria Young who was third on the team with an 11.4 points per game average. USciences returns just one starter from a season ago and that is sophomore forward Laura Trisch, who started 27 of 28 contests and averaged 6.3 points a night.
Caldwell University (2nd, 81 points, 1 1st place vote) and Dominican College (63 points) topped off the top three in the north. The Cougars won a share of the North Division title last season and will be bolstered this year by returning leading scorer Antoinette Pilla, who averaged 11.2 points an outing. The Chargers return three of their top-four scorers from last season, including leading scorer Lisa Bouffard (12.3 ppg).
The 2015-16 season tips off on Friday, Nov. 13, with several schools in action that night. The remainder of the schools will tip it off on either Saturday or Sunday of that weekend to get the season in full swing.
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Nyack College, Philadelphia University, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.
2015-16 CACC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL
1. Bloomfield 97 (13)
2. Caldwell 81 (1)
3. Dominican 63
4. Post 53
5. Felician 41
6. Nyack 27
7. Concordia 25
1. Holy Family 90 (9)
2. Philadelphia 81 (3)
3. USciences 65 (1)
4. Goldey-Beacom 63
5. Wilmington 36 (1)
6. Chestnut Hill 31
7. Georgian Court 18