Women's Basketball First in CC Preseason Poll

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - page 2

CC Preseason Poll
# School (1st place votes) 2010-11 Rec Points
 1 Muhlenberg (14) 23-6 (16-4) 191
 2 Johns Hopkins (8) 22-6 (17-3) 183
 3 Gettysburg 19-7 (14-6) 161
 4 Ursinus 15-11 (11-9) 132
 5 Franklin & Marshall 14-13 (11-9) 126
 6 Washington College 12-13 (10-10) 105
 7 Haverford 10-15 (7-13)   91
 8 Dickinson 10-14 (8-12)   76
 9 Swarthmore 15-10 (11-9)   70
10 McDaniel 7-18 (5-15)   55
11 Bryn Mawr 0-24 (0-20)   20
The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team was picked to repeat as Centennial Conference champion in the preseason poll of coaches and sports information directors.

The Mules received 191 points and 14 out of a possible 20 first-place votes to edge out 2011 CC regular-season champion Johns Hopkins

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The Mules celebrate after winning their sixth CC championship last year.
(183 points) for the to spot in the poll. Gettysburg was third.

Muhlenberg finished a game behind Hopkins in the regular season last year, but defeated the Blue Jays on their home court in the CC title game. They went on to advance to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual national champion Amherst.

“It’s going to be tough,” said head coach Ron Rohn in the CC preseason online chat. “The league may be as deep as I can every remember it being. Everyone can beat anyone else on that one night – 20 league games. So if we can repeat this year, it will be a tremendous accomplishment, and one hard earned.”

This is the third time in four years that Muhlenberg has finished first in the preseason poll. In 2009, the Mules did go on to win the CC title, but in 2010, when they were a unanimous preseason choice, they fell in the championship game to McDaniel. Last year, Muhlenberg was second to Gettysburg in the preseason poll.

The Mules, ranked 20th by D3hoops.com and 19th by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, are scheduled to open their season on Tuesday at Moravian. They host the Scotty Wood Tournament next Friday and Saturday, with the CC opener scheduled for Nov. 22 at Gettysburg.