By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The coaches of the Ohio Athletic Conference have spoken. The OAC Preseason Coaches' Poll has been released and Capital University Women's Basketball has been picked to finish second in the upcoming season.
The Crusaders (67) finished behind preseason favorite Baldwin Wallace University (4) in this year's preseason poll by just seven points. CU received one first-place vote of the possible 10, while Baldwin Wallace garnered the most with four. Five different teams received at least one first-place vote, serving as testimony to the depth and respect of teams in the OAC.
OAC Preseason Coaches' Poll
Team (1st place votes)
|1.||Baldwin Wallace, 74 (4)|
|2.||Capital, 67 (1)|
|3.||Ohio Northern, 59|
|4.||Marietta, 54 (3)|
|5.||Mount Union, 52 (1)|
|6.||John Carroll, 47 (1)|
The defending OAC Tournament champion Marietta College Pioneers (54) received three first-place votes but finished fourth in the poll behind Ohio Northern University (59). Also receiving first-place votes were the University of Mount Union (52, 1) and John Carroll University (47, 1), which rank fifth and sixth, respectively.
Rounding out the 2018-19 coaches' poll is Otterbein University (39), Wilmington College (32), Muskingum University (13), and Heidelberg (13).
Last year, Capital (14-13, 9-9 OAC) earned the six seed in the OAC Tournament and defeated three seed Mount Union, 65-60, before being bounced by the eventual conference champions. Capital graduated just one senior from last year's squad and returns a full complement of seasoned veterans including senior Erin Risner, juniors Reagan Stonerock and Cassidy Bosch, and emerging sophomores Elle Folan, Caroline Taphorn, and Carlie Hullete.
Capital's first regular test will be against Oberlin College on Friday, Nov. 16 at the JCU Classic, hosted by John Carroll University. That game will take place at 6 p.m. Cap will face a quick turnaround with a contest against Hiram College on day two of the tournament the following afternoon.