New York, N.Y. - In the 2011 Skyline Conference Women's Basketball Presason Coaches Poll, defending league champion Mount Saint Mary College has earned the top spot.
Mount Saint Mary, which swept through the conference at 18-0 and finished at 26-3 overall, earned a National ranking as high as 22nd. The Knights are led by a sterling senior backcourt tandem of Jen Mocanu (13.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg), the Skyline Tournament MVP, and Amanda Horvers (13.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg). The team has been to 11 consecutive NCAA Tournaments and has been the dominant force in the Skyline for more than a decade.
Farmingdale State is picked to be the runner up, collecting two first-place votes, after amassing a 14-4 league mark last year. The Rams are led by Second Team All-Skyline pick, Nikita Green, a junior guard who netted 10.3 ppg and dished out 100 assists.
Old Westbury, coming off a 13-5 Skyline ledger, finishes third in the poll and features last year's Rookie of the Year and First Team pick, Kim Weathers, who poured in 20.5 ppg and handed out 110 assists. Polytechnic Institute of NYU rounds out the top half of the poll.
- Mount Saint Mary (6) - 48 points
- Farmingdale State (2) - 43
- Old Westbury - 35
- NYU–Poly - 31
- The Sage Colleges - 20
- Purchase College - 18
- College of Mount Saint Vincent - 13
- St. Joseph's-LI - 13
(First place votes in parentheses)
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