WAUKESHA, WIS. --Alverno College basketball has been picked 6th in the NACC preseason poll receiving 152 total votes.
Concordia Wisconsin was chosen to win the Northern Athletics Conference basketball championship according to the preseason poll which was voted on the conference head coaches and sports information directors.
The Falcons captured their second consecutive NACC title last year with an 18-2 record in league play (22-5 overall). CUW received 14 of the 24 first-place votes and 272 points in the poll.
Wisconsin Lutheran was second with 258 points and five first-place votes, while Benedictine was third with 236 and three top nods and Lakeland was fourth with 223 and the remaining two first-place votes.
Concordia Chicago was fifth with 199 points, Alverno sixth with 152 and MSOE seventh with 134. Aurora followed in eighth with 123, Dominican ninth with 117 and Rockford 10th with 70. Marian (48) and Edgewood (40) filled out the final two spots.
Alverno College returns four starters from last years squad. Gabby Hood returns to the Inferno team after an impressive 1st team All-Conference selection. The Inferno made the post season tournament last year playing No. 3 Benedictine. Two clutch free-throws late for the Inferno lifted Alverno to a victory over Benedictine 64-63. Alverno then fell to No. 2 Lakeland University.
Practice is already underway for the Inferno basketball squad. They open their season at UW-Stevens Point on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m.
The NACC's regular season standings determine the teams that qualify for the six-team conference tournament, while the tournament champion receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
2017-18 NACC Women's Basketball Preseason Poll
1. Concordia Wisconsin (14), 272
2. Wisconsin Lutheran (5), 258
3. Benedictine (3), 236
4. Lakeland (2), 223
5. Concordia Chicago, 199
6. Alverno, 152
7. MSOE, 134
8. Aurora, 123
9. Dominican, 117
10. Rockford, 70
11. Marian, 48
12. Edgewood, 40
First-place votes in parentheses
Voted by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors
12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point scale used