The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has released their women?s basketball preseason coaches poll for the 2017-18 season. This year, the top spot went to Greenville University with a total of 60 points, including four first place votes in the poll.
Iowa Wesleyan finished the poll with twenty-eight total points. Last season, IW finished 10-13 overall. The Tigers will be under the direction of first year head coach, Jack Bruns, this season. Bruns and the Tigers will look to several returners to step up this season, after graduating an All-Conference guard, Cairece Allen and All-Defensive Team guard, Jaimie Hurd.
Key returners for IW are Darby Massner and LaStella Slack. Both Massner and Slack started in all twenty-three games for the Tigers last season. Darby averaged eleven points per game and was the team?s third best three point shooter after knocking in 32.7 percent of her shots from behind the arc. Slack was the team?s second best rebounder a season ago. She averaged five rebounds a game, in addition to averaging 8.1 points per game. Also returning for Iowa Wesleyan is Josie Zerrusen. She missed time last season due to injury, but had the second highest three point percentage on the team.
The Tigers will look to the Lower sisters to make an impact right away. Ellie is a freshman point guard from Mercer County High School, and her sister is a junior college transfer.
Iowa Wesleyan will open their season on Wednesday, Nov 15 in Cedar Rapids. They will take on Coe College at 5:30 p.m.
SLIAC PRESEASON POLL (first place votes in parenthesis with points following)
1. Greenville University (4), 60
2. Eureka College (2), 55
3. Webster University (3), 52
4. Westminster College 41
5. Spalding University32
6. Fontbonne University 30
7. Iowa Wesleyan University 28
8. MacMurray College 17
9. Blackburn College 9