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)
6. George Mason
7. George Washington
10. Saint Joseph’s
12. Rhode Island
13. St. Bonaventure
14. La Salle