Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll Announced at NEC "Social" Media Day

Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll Announced at NEC "Social" Media Day

The Central Connecticut women's basketball team was tabbed seventh in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll it was announced on Wednesday at the league's "Social" Media Day at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, NY. The league's preseason All-NEC Team was also unveiled at the league's basketball tip-off event.


Head coach Beryl Piper opens her 10th season in charge of the Blue Devils. CCSU went 9-9 and finished fifth in the NEC last season and was 12-18 overall. Senior Aleah Epps leads the returnees after averaging 9.5 points and starting 22 games.

Sacred Heart collected six first-place votes and was tabbed the preseason favorite by vote of the league's head coaches.

Central opens the season at Dartmouth on Friday, Nov. 11. The team's home-opener will be against Hartford on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

2016-17 NEC Women's Basketball
Preseason Poll
1. Sacred Heart (6)
2. Robert Morris (3)
3. Saint Francis U (1)
4. Bryant
5. LIU Brooklyn
6. St. Francis Brooklyn
7. Central Connecticut
Mount St. Mary's
Fairleigh Dickinson
10. Wagner

2016-17 NEC Women's Basketball
Preseason All-NEC Team

Ivory Bailey, BRY, G, 5-7, Jr, Wyomissing, PA/Wilson
Shanovia Dove, LIU, G, 5-8, Sr, Palm Beach, FL/Palm Beach Lakes
Hannah Kimmel, SHU, F, 6-0, R-Sr., Harpursville, NY/Harpursville
Jessica Kovatch, SFU, G, 5-9, So, Phillipsburg, NJ/Phillipsburg
Anna Niki Stamolamprou, RMU, G, 5-9, Sr., Thessaloniki, Greece/Aristotelio College of Thessaloniki