Boston, Mass. – After advancing to the conference quarterfinals for the third consecutive season, the Clark University women's basketball team has been picked to finish third in the inaugural New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) coaches' preseason poll it was announced by the league office recently.
Babson, the five-time defending league champion, along with Smith College tied for first in the poll with the Beavers collecting six first-place votes, while the Pioneers got the other five.
The Cougars were next and then followed by Worcester-city rival WPI in fourth and Wellesley College, who beat Clark three times a season ago and advanced to the league championship game were picked fifth.
Clark finished 13-13 last season but return a wealth of talent to court on 2013-14. Back in the fold are all-conference performers Ashleigh Condon (Hull, Mass.) and Emily Reilly (Marlboro, Mass.) as well as senior standout Megan Grondin (Cumberland, Maine) and long-range shooting threat Brooke Brennan (Weston, Mass.), who finished with 60 made three-pointers in her freshman campaign a season ago.
In addition to those key pieces, the Cougars welcome several key newcomers including local product Aretha Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.). Sullivan led her University Park Campus School to the state semifinals and was named central Massachusetts player of the year by the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association after averaging 19.0 points per game as a senior.
Clark will open the 2013-14 season on Friday, November 15 with an opening round contest against Becker College in the 33rd annual Worcester City Basketball Tournament.