STANDISH, Maine – The D3hoops.com and Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) national polls have been released and Saint Joseph's College is ranked 12th and 16th in the country, respectively.
Coming off a 71-51 victory over University of Southern Maine on Sunday evening, the Monks are off to a 4-0 start for the seventh time* in program history – and first since the 2014-15 campaign – with one-sided wins over Eastern Nazarene, Framingham State, and Thomas College to start the season.
Through November 27th, Saint Joseph's is scoring 75.5 points and allowing 51.8 per game while shooting 42.1% from the floor, 34.3% from three-point range, and 68.8% from the free-throw line.
With 17 first-place votes and 610 points overall, Bowdoin College sits atop the D3hoops.com poll and is followed by Hope (580), St. Thomas (572), Thomas More (546), and Chicago (512) in the top five. Tufts (6th, 509 pts) and Amherst (7th, 478) are the only other New England region teams to be listed in the top 25 this week.
Trinity (7) and Middlebury (6) also received votes in the November 25th D3hoops.com poll.
The D3hoops.com Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly. Points are awarded on a 25-24-23-22-etc. basis.
In the second WBCA poll of the season, Bowdoin is ranked first with six first-place votes and 198 points overall and is followed by Hope (188), Amherst (177), St. Thomas (174), and Thomas More (173). Tufts is ranked sixth with 167 points while Eastern Connecticut State (17 pts) is the top team in the "Others receiving votes" section.
The WBCA NCAA Division III Coaches Poll Committee is made up of nine head coaches at Division III institutions. All are members of the WBCA. The 2018-19 committee members are Brian Morehouse, non-voting chair (Hope), Renee DeVarney (Swarthmore), Kristen Dowling (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps), Alex Lang (Brooklyn), Jennifer Reimer (Case Western Reserve), Alex Richey (Oglethorpe), Mia Smith (Illinois Wesleyan), Daphne Thompson (SUNY Oneonta) and Kelly Thompson (Roger Williams).
Saint Joseph's faces a tough test tomorrow night when the Monks travel to University of New England for a 5:30 PM non-conference contest. St. Joe's has not defeated the Nor'easters on their home court since notching an 82-77 win in Biddeford on December 5th, 2001.
*SJC started the 1989-90, 1990-91, 1994-95, 1998-99, 1999-00, and 2001-02 seasons with 4-0 records; Head Coach Mike McDevitt '83 has headed up all seven of these campaigns