Tuesday, October 26, 2004
By Bob Heller
Defending CACC Tournament champion University of the Sciences in Philadelphia was selected to the top spot in the 2004-05 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll, according to balloting released today.
USP, which finished second in the regular season standings, received nine out of 12 first-place votes and 15 points overall. Holy Family University, which won the regular-season title and joined USP in the NCAA Northeast Regional field, received the other three first-place votes. Holy Family finished second in the poll with 21 points.
The Devils return 10 players from last season's 24-6 squad, including the 2003-04 CACC Player of the Year Leah Shumoski and 2004 CACC Tournament MVP Shelby Rance. Shumoski (Jr., Marple-Newtown HS/Broomall, PA) led the Devils with 17.1 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game. Rance (So., Central Columbia HS/Bloomsburg, PA) averaged 13.1 points per game and was ranked seventh nationally in free throw percentage (87.4%).
USP opens the regular season on November 23, 2004 with a home game against St. Michael's College.
The complete poll results are listed below.
CACC Women's Basketball
Voting done by conference head coaches. Votes tabulated on 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11 basis. First-place votes in parentheses.