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ODAC Releases 2017-18 Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

Women's basketball team huddle picture with a black overlay that reads 2017-18 ODAC Women's Basketball Preseason Poll with the ODAC logo and the Randolph WildCat logo on top

FOREST, Va. – On Thursday morning, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) office released the 2017-18 Women's Basketball Preseason Poll in conjunction with the conference office's media day held at the Salem Civic Center.

After winning its first ODAC Tournament game last season for a place in the quarterfinals, Randolph was selected ninth in the poll, receiving 39 points to finish ahead of Bridgewater College (35 points), Shenandoah University (27 points) and Hollins University (11 points).

Eastern Mennonite University tops the poll with 112 points and seven first-place votes while Lynchburg College earned the five remaining first-place votes for 110 points in the runner-up spot.

Head coach Andrea Kendall returns to helm the program for her sophomore season with the WildCats and brings back most of last year's squad, which is spearheaded by a strong senior class consisting of Taylor Samuels, Daijah Johnson, Alexis Calloway, Lauren Moore and Maura McMahon. Also returning for the WildCats are sophomores Kalyn Banks and Jennifer Weigle.

Coach Kendall adds six new talents to the roster this year in the form of Jasmine King, Elizabeth Ellen, Evy Tomaszewski, Sarah Wright, Jade Jarvis and Breyanna Rice.

The WildCats are set to open their season on Wednesday, Nov. 15 when they host Meredith College in the RAD Center at 7 p.m.

(#) Denotes First Place Votes

1. Eastern Mennonite University (7)

112 pts.

2. Lynchburg College (5)

110 pts.

3. Emory & Henry College

91 pts.

4. Randolph-Macon College

89 pts.

5. Guilford College

79 pts.

5. Washington and Lee University

79 pts.

7. Virginia Wesleyan University

74 pts.

8. Roanoke College

46 pts.

9. Randolph College

39 pts.

10. Bridgewater College

35 pts.

11. Shenandoah University

27 pts.

12. Hollins University

11 pts.