The Eastern Michigan University women’s basketball tops the Mid-American Conference West Division in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Preseason Poll released by the MAC on Oct. 27. The poll was voted on by the twelve head coaches of teams in the MAC.
Ohio University tallied 10 votes to lead the poll that predicts the Bobcats to win the MAC Regular Season. The Eagles tied with Ball State University with one vote apiece. Eastern Michigan earned three votes towards winning the MAC Tournament in March, but once again Ohio dominated the voting, earning 5 to win the tournament.
Cha Sweeney was the only player from the Eagles voted to the Preseason All-MAC West team. Sweeney finished last season with 17.2 points per game, earning a field goal percentage of .353. Sweeney played in all 37 games for the Eagles last season. Sweeney was also named to the MAC All-Tournament. Sweeney scored 24 points in the tournament championship game.
Eastern Michigan finished last season with an overall record of 24-13, earning an 11-7 record in MAC play. The Eagles were prolific 11-4 record while playing at the Convocation Center. Eastern Michigan lost in the MAC Tournament championship game to Ohio by a score of 60-44.
Full Preseason Rankings from MAC-Sports.com:
2015-16 MAC East Predicted Order of Finish
1. Ohio (12 First Place Votes)
3. Bowling Green
T5. Kent State
2015-16 MAC West Predicted Order of Finish
1. Eastern Michigan (4)
2. Ball State (8)
3. Western Michigan
5. Central Michigan
6. Northern Illinois
2016 MAC Regular Season Predicted Champion
Ball State & Eastern Michigan (1)
2016 MAC Tournament Predicted Champion
Ball State & Eastern Michigan (3)
Preseason All-MAC East Team
Kiyanna Black, Ohio
Anita Brown, Akron
Quiera Lampkins, Ohio
Erica Donovan, Bowling Green
Hannah Plybon, Akron
Preseason All-MAC West Team
Nathalie Fontaine, Ball State
Cha Sweeney, Eastern Michigan
Miracle Woods, Western Michigan
Jill Morrison, Ball State
Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott, Toledo