Women's basketball tabbed third in ODAC preseason ballot

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Forest, Va. -- The University of Lynchburg women's basketball team enters the 2018-19 season ranked third in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference by the league's coaches, the ODAC announced Thursday with its preseason poll.

Lynchburg checks into the ballot just behind defending conference champion Randolph-Macon and league runner-up Emory & Henry, both of which advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament last season. The Yellow Jackets lead the poll with 139 points and seven first-place points, while the Wasps earned 136 points and six top nods.

Lynchburg follows in the poll with 122 points, while Guilford (105 points) and Virginia Wesleyan (94) round out the top five.

RELATED: 2018-19 ODAC preseason women's basketball poll

The Hornets come into 2018-19 in search of the program's fourth-straight 20-win season and seventh-consecutive campaign above .500. Lynchburg was 20-6 a season ago and 12-4 in the ODAC.

Lynchburg brings back one all-conference performer in senior forward Molly Shephard (Charlottesville, Va.), a second-teamer a season ago and the team's leading returner in minutes, points, 3-pointers, rebounds, steals, and blocks.

Two other players with starting experience, senior forward Alex Allen (China Grove, N.C.) and sophomore guard Maggie Quarles (Roanoke, Va.), return for Lynchburg as well.

The Hornets will open the season at home, Saturday, Nov. 10, against North Carolina Wesleyan at noon.

RELATED: 2018-19 Lynchburg women's basketball schedule

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2018-19 ODAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL

(#) Denotes First Place Votes

1. Randolph-Macon College (7)

139 pts.

2. Emory & Henry College (6)

136 pts.

3. University of Lynchburg

122 pts.

4. Guilford College

105 pts.

5. Virginia Wesleyan University

94 pts.

6. Bridgewater College

83 pts.

7. Eastern Mennonite University

74 pts.

8. Washington and Lee University

64 pts.

9. Shenandoah University

60 pts.

10. Roanoke College

54 pts.

11. Ferrum College

47 pts.

12. Randolph College

23 pts.

13. Hollins University

13 pts.

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