KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Evangel women's basketball team was picked to finish ninth Tuesday in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll.
The Crusaders were picked ninth after going 13-17 overall last season and 12-14 in the Heart. Voting for the polls was calculated with a 1st-place vote worth 13 points down to a 13th-place vote earning one point. Coaches did not include their own team on their respective ballots.
Benedictine earned seven of 14 first-place votes and tallied 157 points, three more than defending regular-season champion Baker, which claimed four first-place tallies. Central Methodist had one more point than MidAmerica Nazarene for third place, though the Pioneers had two first-place votes compared to one for the Eagles.
The lone tie in the preseason prognostics came in fifth place as William Penn and Clarke each received 105 voting points. Grand View rounded out the top half of the poll with 92 points, while Missouri Valley, Evangel, and Mount Mercy completed the top 10.
Though the poll was conducted with all 14 teams in one ballot, divisional standings will be used this season. The North Division will include: Clarke, Culver-Stockton, Graceland, Grand View, Mount Mercy, Peru State and William Penn. The South Division will include: Avila, Baker, Benedictine, Central Methodist, Evangel, MidAmerica Nazarene and Missouri Valley.
Evangel tips of the 2017-18 season November 1 at Stephens College in Columbia. The Crusaders make their home debut Nov. 11 against John Brown in a men's and women's double-header at the Ashcroft Center.
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