Women's Basketball Ranked Sixth In NEC Preseason Coaches' Poll

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team has been selected to finish sixth in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll. The poll was announced by the conference office on Thursday morning in its annual media teleconference. The Bobcats finished the 2009-10 season in eighth place in the NEC standings with a 7-11 record in conference play and a 12-18 overall record. The Bobcats clinched a spot in the NEC Tournament for a ninth consecutive season in 2010. Senior center Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) was selected to the Preseason All-NEC team.

Kaminski returns as one of the Bobcats' top players, as she's posted 996 career points. In the 2009-10 season, the center compiled 465 points in 30 starts. Kaminski, who was named Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week for the week of March 1, 2010, led the team averaging 15.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last season.

2010 NEC Tournament finalist Long Island was picked to finish first in the poll with six first place votes, while defending Regular Season Champion Robert Morris was tabbed second with three first place votes. Sacred Heart followed in third, while NEC Tournament Champion Saint Francis (Pa.) was picked to finish fourth, receiving two first place votes.

Monmouth was the coaches' fifth choice, while Central Connecticut State and Bryant were slated to finish in seventh and eighth, respectively. Fairleigh Dickinson was slotted ninth, while Wagner, Mount St. Mary's and Saint Francis (N.Y.) rounded out the poll.

The Bobcats open the 2010-11 season in a non-conference match-up against Fairfield University on Friday, Nov. 12 at Alumni Hall in Fairfield, Conn. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.