TERRE 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.
2013-14 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL Team Points (first place votes)1. Transylvania 94 (7)2. Franklin 89 (2) 3. Hanover 79 (1) 4. Defiance 65 5. Manchester 606. Bluffton 507. Rose-Hulman 46 8. Earlham 289. Anderson 2510. Mount St. Joseph 14
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