PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville women’s basketball team heads into the 2015-16 season picked to finish fourth in the Mid-South Conference, according to a preseason poll of the league’s coaches. Fourth is the highest preseason prediction in program history.
Expectations were set when the Bears qualified for their first NAIA National Tournament since 2003 last season. It was also just the third time overall as head coach Joanna McNamee led her team to a 23-9 overall record and 8-6 mark in MSC play.
Included in the regular-season wins were a sweep of Georgetown at home and on the road and a 74-71 win at home over Campbellsville when it was ranked No.3 in the nation.
UPIKE picked up 29 voting points in the poll, while Campbellsville was picked as the favorite with 49 points and seven of the eight available first-place votes. Cumberland (Tenn.) is second with 41 points and the other vote and Shawnee State (Ohio) rounds out the top three with 34 points.
Following closely behind UPIKE is Lindsey Wilson in fifth place with 28 points, Cumberlands is sixth, Georgetown seventh and St. Catharine is eighth.
The Bears will open the 2015-16 season at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 3 against Midway in the East Kentucky Expo Center. The NAIA Preseason Top-25 Poll is scheduled to be released on Tuesday.