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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SELECTED 9TH, 10TH IN BIG SKY PRESEASON MEDIA POLL AND COACHES POLL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SELECTED 9TH, 10TH IN BIG SKY PRESEASON MEDIA POLL AND COACHES POLL

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State has been selected to finish ninth in the Big Sky Conference preseason coaches' poll and 10th in the media poll, it was announced today by the Big Sky office.

The Hornets earned 37 points in the coaches' poll, 25 points behind eighth-place Idaho State. In the media poll, Sacramento State earned 61 points, five behind Weber State.

Northern Colorado earned the top spot in both polls, receiving 115 points and nine first place votes in the coaches' poll and 176 points and eight first place votes in the media poll. Northern Colorado finished last season third in the conference with a 14-4. North Dakota was picked to finish second in both polls, as well.

Defending tournament champions, Montana State was picked to finish fourth in the coaches' poll with 83 points, six behind the third-place Montana. Montana State was picked to finish third in the media poll.

Prior to the 2016-17 season, the Hornets were selected to finish seventh in both the coaches' poll and media poll. They ended the season ninth in the conference with a 6-12 Big Sky record.

The Hornets return just two starters and four letter winners from last season's squad, though among those are last season's leading scorer, senior Maranne Johnson, and last season's assist leader, senior Justyce Dawson.

Sacramento State beings their season with an Exhibition Game on Friday, Nov. 3 at the Nest. Non-conference play begins on Friday, Nov. 10 as the Hornets travel east to take on Kentucky. Conference play begins on Dec. 30. See the full women's basketball schedule here.

2017-18 Big Sky Women's Basketball Polls

Coaches Poll       Media Poll
1. Northern Colorado (9) 115   1. Northern Colorado (8) 176
2. North Dakota (1) 100   2. North Dakota (2) 156
3. Montana (2) 89   3. Montana State (3)   144
4. Montana State  83   4. Idaho 127
5. Idaho 82   5. Montana (2)  120
6. Portland State 75   6. Eastern Washington 118
7. Eastern Washington 73   7. Idaho State   116
8. Idaho State 63   8. Portland State (1) 110
9. Sacramento State 37   9. Weber State 66
10. Weber State 34   10. Sacramento State 61
11. Northern Arizona 24   11. Northern Arizona 34
12. Southern Utah 17   12. Southern Utah 20

 

 

First place votes are in (parantheses).