Nov. 14, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team has been picked to finish sixth in this year's Little East Conference race.
The Corsairs received 27 points in the pre-season coaches' poll, putting them ahead of UMass Boston and Plymouth State.
Rhode Island College was a unanimous choice to finish first, receiving all eight first place votes and 64 points, Southern Maine, Eastern Connecticut State, Keene State and Western Connecticut State drew the next four slots.
"The desire and skill level I have witnessed from our players over the last four weeks tells me that we will finish ahead of where we placed in the pre-season poll," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We're not going to let this opportunity pass us by. Our expectations are for a successful season, and we have the pieces in place to accomplish this goal. By the end of the season, we will prove we belong among the elite in the LEC."
The Corsairs will open their season at home Tuesday evening against Salve Regina.
2011-12 Little East Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll Rank Institution First Place Total Points 1 Rhode Island College 8 64 2 University of Southern Maine 54 3 Eastern Connecticut State University 43 4 Keene State College 40 5 Western Connecticut State University 33 6 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 27 7 University of Massachusetts Boston 16 8 Plymouth State University 11