SALEM, Va. – The Randolph-Macon Women's Basketball ranks 4th coming into the 2017-2018 campaign, in voting by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference head coaches and as announced by the league office Thursday. R-MC is 23 points behind leader Eastern Mennonite University, which checks in 112 points.
The youth of the 2016-17 team, which went 16-12 and 8-8 in conference play, has turned into an experience advantage for this year. Sophomore Kelly Williams (Garysburg, N.C. / Halifax Academy) returns in 2017. She was the team's top scorer last year, scoring 18.5 per game. Williams also led the team with 13.1 rebounds per game. Williams was the pick for DIII News Preseason Player of the Year in the ODAC. The team will also welcome two freshmen this season.
Coming in second in the poll was Lynchburg College with 110 points followed by Emory & Henry College in the #3 spot with 91 points. Last year's ODAC Tournament champion, Guilford, round out the top five.
Head coach Carroll LaHaye will return to coach her 36th season at Randolph-Macon. She has an overall record with the Yellow Jackets of 587-351.
Randolph-Macon's season gets underway against Marymount at 6:00 on Wednesday, November 15. Marymount was ranked #14 in the D3hoops.com Preseason Poll.
2017-18 ODAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL
(#) 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.|