Defending HCAC Champs Transy Chosen to Repeat in 2019-20

Defending HCAC Champs Transy Chosen to Repeat in 2019-20

CARMEL, Ind. – The defending Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Champions, Transylvania University, were picked as the overwhelming favorite to repeat in the 2019-20 season, with eight first place nods in a vote amongst league coaches.

The Pioneers earned the vote of confidence from the conference coaches following a season where Transy shattered records, boasting a league mark of 17-1 (27-3 overall), advancing to the 'Sweet 16' of the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship Tournament. Transylvania picked up 90 points in the poll, edging Hanover College who was picked to finish second with 88 points while also receiving one first place vote. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (62), last season's HCAC runners-up, earned the third-place spot in the poll, also claiming one first place vote. Anderson University (59) and Franklin College (54) rounded out the top half, finishing in fourth and fifth respectively.

Listed below is the 2019-20 HCAC Women's Basketball Preseason Poll and the 2019-20 HCAC Players to Watch.  For more information on HCAC Women's Basketball, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC's home on the Internet at www.heartlandconf.org.  Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the "HCAC DIII" Facebook page.

2019-20 HCAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL

(#) Denotes First Place Votes

1. Transylvania University (8) 90
2. Hanover College (1) 88
3. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (1) 62
4. Anderson University 59
5. Franklin College 54
6. Bluffton University 52
7. Defiance College 50
8. Earlham College 39
9. Mount St. Jospeh University 38
10. Manchester University 18

2019-20 HCAC Players to Watch:

Anderson

Name Class Hometown Position
Payton Moore SO Spiceland, Ind. Forward
Lexi Dellinger SO Berne, Ind. Guard
Hannah Hawkins JR Fairmount, Ind. Center

Bluffton

Name Class Hometown Position
TJ Mills SR Dayton, Ohio Guard
Brianna Gillig SO New Riegel, Ohio Forward
Kylie Brock JR Villa Hills, Ky.  Guard

Defiance

Name Class Hometown Position
Danielle Carruthers SR New London, Ohio Post
Liz Martin SR Bellefontaine, Ohio Guard
Kalyn Pickens JR Fort Wayne, Ind.  Guard
Taylor Day SO West Mansfield, Ohio Guard

Earlham

Name Class Hometown Position
Zoe Curtis SR New Castle, Ind. Center
Camryn White SR Louisville, Ky. Guard
Kayla Bowling JR Osgood, Ind.  Guard
Acacia Tenette JR Sacramento, Calif. Guard

Franklin

Name Class Hometown Position
Bayleigh Walker JR Plainfield, Ind.  Forward
Jessica Nix SO Martinsville, Ind. Guard
Britney Ballard SO Columbus, Ind. Guard
Destinee Cross SO Lafayette, Ind. Forward

Hanover

Name Class Hometown Position
Alexis Nall SR Mr. Vernon, Ind. Forward
Katie Hartman SR Madison, Ind. Guard
Brooke Todd SR Vevay, Ind. Guard

Manchester

Name Class Hometown Position
Nicole Weaver SR Fort Wayne, Ind. Guard

Mount St. Joseph

Name Class Hometown Position
Maddie Haberthy JR Cincinnati, Ohio Guard
Mackenzie Marcum JR Cincinnati, Ohio Guard

Rose-Hulman

Name Class Hometown Position
Hannah Woody SR Cincinnati, Ohio Guard
Morgan Brown JR Rolesville, N.C. Guard
Desirae Webster FR Powder Springs, Ga. Guard
Kahlan Jester FR New Brighton, Minn. Guard
Nosa Igiehon FR Wheeling, Ill. Forward
Rose Burnham FR South Riding, Va. Forward

Transylvania

Name Class Hometown Position
Shelby Boyle SR Morgantown, W.Va. Forward
Ashton Woodard SR Mt. Sterling, Ky.  Guard
Novi Walker JR Danville, Ky. Point Guard
Elizabeth Hardiman JR Wincherster, Ky. Center