MIAA Pre-Season Basketball Poll

Belles Tabbed Third in Coaches' Pre-Season Poll

ROYAL OAK, Mich. - Fresh off of one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Saint Mary's basketball team was tabbed as third in the league in the annual MIAA Coaches' Pre-Season poll on Thursday.

Defending MIAA Champion and pre-season #2 (USA Today/ESPN DIII Coaches' Poll) Hope College was selected as the team to beat in 2009-10 as the Flying Dutch garnered six first-place votes.  Calvin College, who received votes in the same national poll as Hope, was slated second.

The third-place ranking is one of the highest-ever rankings for the Belles as the team.  The previous two season, Saint Mary's was voted as the pre-season fourth place pick in the MIAA Coaches' Poll.

2009 Women's Poll Results:
1. Hope (6) 8
2. Calvin (2) 13
3. Saint Mary's 22
4. Albion 29
5. Trine 30
6. Adrian 38
7. Olivet 46
8. Alma 49
9. Kalamazoo 53