Panthers gearing up for 2017-18 campaign
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's basketball team was picked to finish seventh in the Little East Conference (LEC) by the league's eight head coaches.
UMass Dartmouth holds the top spot with seven first place votes for 56 points, with Keene State garnering the final first place vote and 46 points. Western Connecticut (43 points) and Eastern Connecticut (42 points) were picked third and fourth. UMass Boston (32 points), Southern Maine (25 points), PSU (17 points) and Rhode Island College (16) hold the final four spots in the poll.
Plymouth State is coming off its best season in years, earning the #5 seed for the LEC Tournament, the highest since the 2008-09 season. PSU went 5-9 in league play last winter, which included more wins than the previous six seasons combined. The 8-17 overall mark matched the 2010-11 season as the best record over the last seven years.
Third-year head coach Allison Flynn will have her work cut out for her, as six of the top seven scorer's from last season have moved on, though she is excited about the way the team has come together thus far.
"We are a young team with no seniors," she said. "We're continuously striving to get better as one. Our leadership and willingness to work have been impeccable."
The bulk of the Panthers' roster will be made up of the junior class, a group that has only played for Flynn. Junior Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) returns as the most experienced player among the group, as she averaged nearly 18 minutes per game last winter. Joining her are guards Emily Brochu (Lewiston, Maine), Veronyca Daniels (Concord, N.H.), Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) and Brittany Roche (Londonderry, N.H.) and forwards Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) and Liz Shepple (Bolton, Mass.).
Roche, who missed all of last season due to injury, will provide the team with an outside scoring threat. The 5-10 guard led the Panthers in three-point shooting as a freshman, shooting 32.7% from deep.
PSU kicks off the new season with the annual Boys & Girls Club Classic game against Rivier on Wednesday (Nov. 15) at the New Hampshire Technical Institute. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. The Panthers open the home portion of their schedule on Tuesday (Nov. 21) against Castleton University with a 5:30 p.m. start.
"We've really focused on playing as a unit," said Flynn, "and I'm very excited about how well the team has come together. I'm looking forward to a fun year."
2017-18 LEC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll
(First Place Votes in Parentheses)
|1||UMass Dartmouth (7)||56|
|2||Keene State (1)||46|
|8||Rhode Island College||16|
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