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BAY CITY, Mich.—The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) released its 2014 Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll today (October 29) in conjunction with the launch of the conference's media day website.
The Lake Erie College women's basketball team was selected to eighth in the South Division after receiving 24 points.
Wayne State University was selected as the top team in the South Division after receiving 121 points and nine first-place votes. Ashland University was just behind Wayne State, receiving 119 points and seven first-place votes. Malone University was pegged at number three after receiving 83 points while the University of Findlay trailed Malone by two points to to finish in fourth. Ohio Dominican University (62 points), Walsh University (52 points) and Tiffin University (34 points) rounded out slots five through seven.
In the North Division, Northern Michigan University was selected as the team to beat, receiving 124 points and thirteen first-place votes. Michigan Tech University and Grand Valley State University received three first-place votes each though Michigan Tech had 111 points compared to Grand Valley State's 77. Saginaw Valley State University finished in fourth with 73 votes. Hillsdale College (67 points), Northwood University (60 points), Ferris State University (46 points) and Lake Superior State University (18 points) rounded out the North Division.
The poll was released as part of the conference's media day website, which features previews from all GLIAC teams and brief interviews with each head coach.
The Lake Erie College women's basketball looks to build upon a solid 2013-14 campaign in 2014-15. The Storm went 5-17 in GLIAC play but were 10-18 overall. They return several key players from last year, including senior guard Jackie Murray, who led the Storm with 11.1 points per game. Murray also averaged 2.8 rpg. and 2.4 apg. She will be joined by senior forward Chloe Irish. Irish averaged 7.8 ppg. and 4.5 rpg. last season while also collecting 44 steals. Junior center Kaeding Skelton will provide a rebounding presence for the Storm after she averaged 5.2 rpg. last year. Sami Narducci returns after finishing near the top of the GLIAC in steals last year. The Storm will have plenty of depth as several players saw significant playing time last season, such as Daija Jones, Brianna Shagovac and Shelby Carpenter.
The Storm welcomes three newcomers to the team. Teresa Lepore joins the Storm from Johannesburg, South Africa as a guard. Guard Kayla Gabor and Center Christine Dawson will also join the Storm from nearby Mentor High School.
The Storm opens up regular season play at home on Nov. 15 against Salem International.