HAMDEN, Conn. The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team has been selected to finish second in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, the league office today announced. Two-time defending NEC Tournament Champion Robert Morris and Quinnipiac both received four first-place votes. The Bobcats are coming off of a 25-6 record and an NEC Co-Regular-Season Championship in 2007-08.
Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) was named to her third consecutive All-NEC Preseason Team after finishing last season as the conference's third-leading scorer (17.1 ppg). Her shooting prowess and ability have produced an NEC Rookie of the Year selection, as well as appearances on the All-NEC First and Second Teams. The senior guard was fourth in the conference in three-pointers made per game (2.1), sixth in assists per game (3.41) and second in free-throw percentage (84.3) in 2007-08.
Sacred Heart received three first-place votes, good for third. Monmouth and Fairleigh Dickinson were selected to finish fourth and fifth, respectively. Conference tournament runner-up Long Island was picked to finish sixth. Mount St. Mary's, Saint Francis (Pa.), St. Francis (N.Y.), Wagner and Central Connecticut round out the 11-team field.
The Bobcats begin the 2008-09 season Friday, Nov. 14 at Stony Brook. The game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. tip-off.