CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Preseason Poll (Oct. 31)
DAVIS, Calif. -- With the official start of the 2017-18 season just a little over a week away, the UC Davis women's basketball team is receiving national attention to tip-off the year, ranking No. 20 in the nation according to the College Insider Preseason Mid-Major poll released on Oct. 31.
The Aggies are ranked for the first time after spending four consecutive weeks among those receiving votes from Feb. 14 to March 7 last season. UC Davis debuted in last season's poll on Dec. 13 and picked up a season-high 11 votes in the mid-major rankings on Jan. 10 after opening Big West Conference play with a 2-0 mark.
Coming off a season that saw them finish 25-8 overall, claim the Big West regular season title with a 14-2 mark, and advance three rounds deep in the Women's National Invitation Tournament, the Aggies return all five starters and all but one player off of last season's roster in a bid to make another postseason run.
Selected to repeat as Big West champions according to a vote of both the league's head coaches and the media, UC Davis is scheduled to meet three other teams among those receiving votes in the poll: Saint Mary's (88 points), Long Beach State (27), and CSUN (1).
Quinnipiac, which finished last season ranked No. 1, enters the year at the top spot, receiving 28 of the 31 first-place votes, followed by Gonzaga, Drake, Green Bay, and South Dakota State, in the top five.
In its eighth season of existence, the mid-major poll is made up of teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial Athletic Association, Horizon League, Ivy League, Metro Atlantic Athletic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern Athletic, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit League, Sun Belt, West Coast, and Western Athletic.
UC Davis opens the season with an exhibition against NCAA Division II Academy of Art on Friday (Nov. 3) at 5 p.m. at The Pavilion, before officially opening the season against Washington State in a rematch of last year's WNIT "Sweet 16" contest on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.
Season and single-game tickets are now available online at UCDavisAggies.com or by contacting the athletics ticket office at (530) 752-AGS1.
ABOUT UC DAVIS
Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.
DON'T MISS OUT!
Season and single-game tickets for UC Davis women's basketball are now on sale by contacting the Athletics Ticket Office at (530) 752-AGS1 or by visiting us online at UCDavisAggies.com.
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