FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland women’s basketball team was selected to finish sixth in the 2019-20 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Preseason Poll, the league announced today (Oct. 29).

Christopher Newport was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the 2019-20 CAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll. The Captains received five first-place votes and tallied 25 points to secure the top spot in voting among the conference head coaches.

Southern Virginia nabbed the remaining first-place vote along with 20 points to finish second, with Salisbury sitting third with 16 points.

Mary Washington was close behind in fourth place with 14 points, while York (10 points) and St. Mary’s College (5 points) completed the voting in fifth and sixth places, respectively.

The St. Mary’s College women’s basketball team looks to improve off their 2018-19 campaign where they finished with a 7-19 overall record which included a 3-11 mark in Capital Athletic Conference play. The Seahawks have nine returners on their roster this year that will provide veteran leadership, and welcome three newcomers.

Janey MathisenKelli JenkinsCameron MangoldChristine McKeeCassidy KupchinskasGina Seifert, and Hallie Persell all made starts for the Seahawks last season. Seifert was selected to the All-CAC Second team last year as she led the Seahawks in scoring with 10.4 points per game and averaged a team-best 7.4 rebounds per game, good for third in the conference. Additionally, Seifert paced the Seahawks in field goal percentage, shooting 45.7 percent from the field and led St. Mary’s College with five double-doubles.

The Seahawks will once again be led by third-year head coach,C.K. Calhoun.

St. Mary’s College will tip off their season on Saturday, Nov. 9 when they host Widener in the One Love Seahawk Invitational. St. Mary’s College will conclude their season opening tournament by hosting Drew on Sunday, Nov. 10. The CAC postseason is set to begin on Feb. 22, with the title game on Feb. 26.

To view the full St. Mary’s College women’s basketball schedule, clickhere.

2019-20 CAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

RankInstitutionPoints (First-Place Votes)
1.Christopher Newport25 (5)
2.Southern Virginia20 (1)
3.Salisbury16
4.Mary Washington14
5.York10
6.St. Mary’s5

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