Women’s basketball falls four spots in A-10 preseason poll

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The team's prediction is a four-spot downgrade from last year’s third-place projection.

Women’s basketball is slated to finish seventh in the Atlantic 10 this season, according to a preseason coaches’ poll released Tuesday.

The prediction is a four-spot downgrade from last year’s third-place projection. The Colonials’ preseason ranking is its lowest in five years. The squad boasted first- and second-place finishes in 2015 and 2014, respectively, before falling to fourth in 2016 and sixth in 2017.

The preseason All-Conference teams will be announced Oct. 31, according to a press release.

The team finished with a 10–20 record last season and ended its conference slate just shy of breaking even, notching a 7–9 A-10 record. The preseason ranking is the lowest in head coach Jennifer Rizzotti’s four years with the program.

VCU is expected to win the A-10 Championship this season. The Rams finished the season 24–10 overall and 13–3 in conference play. They went on two seven-game win streaks throughout the season. The program is in pursuit of its first A-10 Championship.

The Colonials snapped VCU’s first win streak Jan. 23 in a 57–48 upset win.

The conference’s 14 head coaches chose the poll.

Women’s basketball 2019-20 A-10 preseason poll

1. VCU (11 first-place votes)
2. Dayton (1)
3. Fordham (1)
4. Saint Louis (1)
5. Davidson
6. George Mason
7. George Washington
8. Massachusetts
9. Duquesne
10. Saint Joseph’s
11. Richmond
12. Rhode Island
13. St. Bonaventure
14. La Salle

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