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The league announced the poll Friday at the annual NAC Basketball Media Day, hosted by
The Muskies received 54 points from the conference's coaches.
Second-year head coach Teri Johnson called this season's squad a "completely different" team.
"We've fought through some injuries here in the preseason," Johnson said, "but our returners bring a lot of experience."
Junior forward KC Blahnik, a
The Muskies return just one senior in guard Kasey Gussert, who was also on hand for NAC Media Day. A Kingsford,
"Having nine freshmen can be both a positive and a negative," Johnson said. "You don't really know what to expect, but you know young players will work hard every day, so that can be a good thing."
Other top returners for the Muskies include sophomore guard Mary Dennewitz (
For the first time in the NAC's three years of existence, the conference will be divided into two divisions, the North Division and the South Division. This season,
Alverno, Aurora, Benedictine, Concordia Chicago, Dominican, MSOE and Wisconsin Lutheran make up the South.
The NAC Challenge game has also been added to this year's schedule. At the conclusion of the regular season conference schedule, the team in first place in the North will play the first-place team from the South, the second-place team from the North will compete against the South's second-place finisher, and on down the line. The seventh-place team from the South will play
The outcome of each game will determine seeding for the NAC Tournament. The winner of the eight-team tournament will receive an automatic berth into the Division III NCAA Tournament.
For the complete NAC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll, see below. First place votes are in parenthesis.
6. Maranatha Baptist 14
Place 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 6 5 4 3 2 1
7. MSOE 19
Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Points 7 6 5 4 3 2 1