CMU women’s hoops team ranked 13 in preseason poll
Colorado Mesa University is No. 13 in the USA Today/WBCA Division II preseason women’s basketball rankings, released Tuesday.
Mesa, coming off a 31-2 season and an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament, is the only RMAC team in the top 25. Metro State, CU-Colorado Springs, Colorado School of Mines and Fort Lewis all received votes.
The Mavericks are No. 19 in the preseason Division II Bulletin national rankings.
After finishing last season ranked eighth, Colorado Mesa received 332 votes in the preseason coaches poll.
Bentley (Mass.) University is the preseason No. 1 team with 18 first-place votes and 694 points. Ashland (Ohio) University, which won last year’s Division II national championship and finished 37-1, is No. 15.
Colorado Mesa, with three returning starters, plays an exhibition game Friday night at Brigham Young University.
The Cougars were picked to finish fourth in the West Coast Conference and are led by 6-foot-7 senior center Jennifer Hamson, who averaged 11.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game last season. She made the preseason all-conference team this year.
Senior guard Sharaya Selsor is the leading returning scorer (12.4 points per game) for the Mavericks, who were picked to finish second in the RMAC behind CU-Colorado Springs. Selsor made the preseason all-conference team.
Two transfers, 6-0 senior forward Aubry Boehme and 5-11 senior forward Hannah Pollart, will join Selsor, point guard Christen Lopez and guard Taylor Rock in the Mavs’ all-senior starting lineup.
The Mavericks’ first game is Nov. 8 against Northwestern Oklahoma State in the Southwest Oklahoma State Classic in Weatherford, Okla.
Mesa hosts the Holiday Inn-Airport Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 29-30 at Brownson Arena, playing the University of Montana-Western and Dixie State (Utah) University.