Missouri Valley Conference coaches, sports information directors and media tabbed the UE women last of 10 teams in the league’s preseason poll released today.
“We’re picked where we thought we’d be picked, and quite frankly, we want that. We want to be that under dog and kind of fly under the radar,” said coach Oties Epps.
The Aces went 5-25 in Epps’ first season. They return three starters and four of their top five scorers, including leading scorer Samantha Heck, but didn’t place a player on the preseason all-conference team.
“We talked earlier in the year about all this stuff,” Epps said. “We have some kids who we think should be all-conference that aren’t going to be there when this stuff comes out. It’s about earning that respect and showing you belong to be in certain spots. In terms of motivating us, it’s not motivation. We’re just trying to get better. We know we’re better than the 10th-place team in the MVC.”
Creighton sits first in the poll, completing a sweep by the Bluejays men and women of the No. 1 spot in preseason rankings.
MVC Preseason Poll:
2. Wichita State
3. Illinois State
4. Northern Iowa
5. Missouri State
7. Indiana State
8. Southern Illinois
MVC Preseason All-Conference
Carli Tritz, Creighton (Preseason Player of the Year)
Jessica Diamond, Wichita State
Jacqui Kalin, Northern Iowa
Jamie Russell, Illinois State
Christiana Shorter, Missouri State