Women's Basketball Picked Seventh in Preseason Poll

HCAC Preseason Poll Release

225 Meadows PollTERRE HAUTE, IND. – The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s basketball team was picked to finish seventh in a tough Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in the 2013-14 Coaches Preseason Poll released Tuesday.

The Engineers finished the 2012-13 campaign with a 12-14 overall record and an 8-10 (sixth place) mark in the HCAC, reaching the conference tournament for the third straight year and the eighth time in 10 years.

Rose-Hulman returns nine letter winners and four starters from last year’s team. The Engineers’ biggest win came on the road in a late-season upset of 2013 HCAC regular-season champion Transylvania.

Senior Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) is the Engineers’ top returning scorer after averaging nearly a double-double with 10.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest. Fellow senior Lauren Meadows (Indianapolis, Ind./Brebeuf) is also back after averaging 9.3 points per game prior to missing 14 games to injury.

With seven first-place votes, Transylvania was picked to win the conference for the 2012-13 campaign, after finishing 21-6, 16-2 in the HCAC. The Pioneers were followed by second-place Franklin College (two first-place votes) and Hanover College (one vote).

The Pioneers return junior guard Nicole Coffman, who led the team in scoring (19.8 points per game) and was named the 2012-13 HCAC Most Valuable Player.

Rose-Hulman opens the season Friday, Nov. 15, when the Engineers play host to Indiana University-South Bend at Hulbert Arena for a 7:30 p.m. tilt.

Team                         Points (first place votes)
1. Transylvania           94 (7)
2. Franklin                   89 (2)
3. Hanover                  79 (1)
4. Defiance                  65          
5. Manchester              60
6. Bluffton                     50
7. Rose-Hulman           46          
8. Earlham                    28
9. Anderson                   25
10. Mount St. Joseph    14