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Nov. 9 - WEXFORD, Pa. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team has been tabbed to finish fifth in the PAC preseason poll released Wednesday by the conference office. Voters included the coaches and sports information directors of the league.

The Bison, who finished 13-13 overall last year and 8-8 in the PAC to take fourth in the regular season standings, picked up 123 points. Five-time defending champion Thomas More was predicted to repeat again with 195 points and 15 first place votes, with Saint Vincent close behind with five first place nods and 181 points. Rounding out the top half of the ballot was Waynesburg (151), Washington & Jefferson (133) and Bethany.

The rest of the poll had Grove City (93), Westminster (72), Thiel (62) and Chatham and Geneva (45 each).

Bethany will open the season Nov. 15 by hosting Denison (Ohio) University at 7 p.m. The PAC schedule tips off Nov. 30 when BC travels to Grove City.

2011-12 PAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

  1. Thomas More (15)              195
  2. Saint Vincent (5)                 181
  3. Waynesburg                          151
  4. Wash. & Jeff.                          133
  5. Bethany                                   123
  6. Grove City                              93
  7. Westminster                          72
  8. Thiel                                         62
  9. Chatham                                 45
  10. Geneva                                    45