Carmel, Ind. – After winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship last season, the Transylvania women's basketball team has been chosen as the favorite to repeat as HCAC Champions in the 2019-20 HCAC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' poll.
Released by the conference office on Thursday, the Pioneers received eight of 10 first-place votes and 90 total voting points to place atop the poll, voted on by the conference's 10 head coaches.
Hanover College checked in at second on the poll with one first-place vote and 88 total voting points while Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the 2018-19 runner-up, took third on the preseason poll with 59 points. Anderson University was forecasted for a fourth-place finish while Franklin rounded out the top five.
Transylvania had a year for the ages in 2018-19, delivering the best program record since entering the NCAA with a mark of 27-3, including 17-1 in HCAC regular-season play. The Pioneers won both the regular-season title and the conference tournament championship in a thriller over Rose-Hulman before advancing all the way into the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
Transylvania led the nation last season in three-point shooting with 332 made 3-balls and set a new single-game team record for threes in a game with 18 on February 13, 2019, vs. Franklin. The Pioneers fielded three players to the All-HCAC First Team in the 2018-19 season.
The Pioneers tip-off the 2019-20 season on Tuesday, November 12 at the Clive M. Beck Center in Lexington against the Spalding University Eagles at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time.
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