Season Preview: Women's Basketball

Season Preview: Women's Basketball

Looking Ahead to the 2017-18 Season: The Mariners return their top-five leading scorers from last season including 2017 First Team All-Conference and Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association (MWBCA) First Team All-State selection, Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.). Felix returns for her junior season after leading the Mariners and the NAC in points per game (17.1) and field goal percentage (52.8) last season. 

Caitlin Kane (Wilton, Maine) returns for her sophomore season after being named to the 2016-17 NAC Women's Basketball Sportsmanship Team and MWBCA All-Rookie Team. Kane averaged 7.9 points per game and led the team with 2.6 assists per game. Sophomore Chloe Smedley (York, Maine) returns after ranking third on the team in points per game (7.5) last season and leading the squad with 3.2 defensive rebounds per game.

The Mariners open up the season at home on Wednesday, before hitting the road for the Curry College Tipoff Tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

The Mariners will face two in-state rivals, UMaine-Farmington and Husson University, to open up NAC play and will play the University of Maine at Orono on Tuesday, December 5, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Mariners and Black Bears will meet for only the second time in Maine Maritime women's basketball program history and the first time since 2011.

The Mariners will remain on the road for the entire month of December, including a trip to Danbury, Connecticut for the Hat City Tournament on December 29 and 30.

Maine Maritime returns to Smith Gymnasium in January for a four-game home stand including the second conference meeting with Husson University on Saturday, January 6, and a matchup with NESCAC's Colby College on Tuesday, January 9.

The Mariners will host New England College on Friday, January 12 and host Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday, January 13 for a rematch of last year's NAC Quarterfinal, before hitting the road for three conference games.

Maine Maritime returns to Castine on January 26 and 27 to host Green Mountain College and Castleton University, and will head to New Hampshire the following weekend to face the Chargers and Pilgrims.

The Mariners will host UMaine-Presque Isle on Tuesday, February 6 to wrap up non-conference play, before hosting NAC opponents Johnson State College on Friday, February 9, Lyndon State College on Saturday, February 10, and Thomas College on Wednesday, February 14. Maine Maritime will conclude regular season play at UMaine-Farmington on Saturday, February 17 at 1:00 pm.

Season Opener: The Mariners open up their 2017-2018 season on Wednesday when they host Saint Joseph's College of Maine at 5:30 pm inside of Smith Gymnasium. This is the second-consecutive season that the Mariners open up the season against the Monks.

History against Saint Joseph's College of Maine: The Monks hold a 9-4 advantage over the Mariners in 13 meetings. The two teams first met in 1999, and have faced each other five times inside of Smith Gym. The Mariners hold a 3-2 advantage when playing at home.

Conference Play: The Mariners open up NAC play on Tuesday, November 28 at 5:30 pm against UMaine-Farmington and will travel to face Husson University on December 2.

NAC Preseason Poll: The Mariners were selected to finish fifth in the NAC in a preseason poll conducted by the league's head coaches.

Husson claimed the top spot in the preseason poll. The defending champions earned six of the ten first place votes for a total of 92 points, while Castleton was selected second after earning three first place votes for a total of 86 points and Colby-Sawyer earned third with 83 points after claiming the remaining first place vote.

New England College took fourth with 71 points while Lyndon was selected sixth with 45 points. Rounding out the poll were Thomas in seventh (37 points), UMaine-Farmington in eighth (29 points), Johnson in ninth (28 points), and Green Mountain in 10th (13 points).

The top six teams in the regular-season conference standings will qualify for the conference tournament, which gets underway Tuesday, February 20, with quarterfinal action between seeds 3-6. The top two seeds will earn a bye in the first round and will take on the two quarterfinal winners in the semifinals on Friday, February 23. The two semifinal victors will battle for the NAC championship on Saturday, February 24.

2017-18 NAC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll

 

Team

Points (1st Place Votes)

1.

Husson

92 (6)

2.

Castleton

86 (3)

3.

Colby-Sawyer

83 (1)

4.

New England College

71

5.

Maine Maritime

66

6.

Lyndon

45

7.

Thomas

37

8.

UMaine-Farmington

29

9.

Johnson

28

10.

Green Mountain

13

Click HERE to view the complete NAC Preseason Poll.

Looking Back at 2016-17: Last season the Mariners finished 14-12 overall and went 10-8 against NAC opponents and made their 20th-consecutive NAC Tournament appearance. Maine Maritime finished the regular season with three-straight victories and took the fifth seed in the NAC Tournament. The Mariners fell to Colby-Sawyer College in the NAC Quarterfinals.