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

2017-18 Overview

Ashland and Michigan Tech will enter the 2017-18 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women's Basketball season as divisional favorites following the unveiling of the 2017-18 GLIAC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll, as voted on by the league's head coaches.

Ashland will be the team to beat once again when the new year begins as the Eagles are fresh of the 2017 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship after going a perfect 37-0, a feat never attained at the Division II level. AU returns a loaded roster looking to make a serious run at back-to-back national titles. Reigning GLIAC Player of the Year and the GLIAC Preseason Player of the Year Laina Snyder and teammate Andi Daugherty make Ashland the only D2 women's team to return a pair of WBCA All-Americans.
 
Michigan Tech (58 points) leads the way in the North Divison just one point ahead of Grand Valley State (57), while Northern Michigan (52) is positioned third after all three programs received four first-place divisional votes each. The Huskies will have an experienced group of returnees, led by Brenna Heise, with four of the five starters back with all four averaging more than 10 points per contest.
 
Grand Valley State looks to develop their underclassmen as the Lakers bring back only a handful of players who saw signifcant time last season. Junior Taylor Parmley will pace the squad who likes to rely on the outside shot and lockdown defense as their keys to success. Northern Michigan returns 13 of 14 players from a year ago including junior Darby Youngstrom who compiled a team-best 12.5 points per game last year.
 
Saginaw Valley has some big shoes to fill this season as the departure of their all-time leading scorer and an all-league first teamer leave the Cardinals focusing on building their youth as SVSU has no seniors on the roster. Anna Hall, Hannah Settingsgaard and Abby Duffy will provide the leadership as juniors taking the reigns in 2017-18. Northwood is in a slightly similar position losing two of their major contributors, but will bring back several key contributors. Maddy Seeley will hit the 1,000 point plateau early on this season and Lindsay Orwat will also lead the Timberwolves as she posted 11.7 points per game last year.
 
In the South, Wayne State is positioned fourth with a returning duo of sophomore guard Nastassja Chambers and senior guard Shannon Wilson to guide the Warriors. Davenport occupies the No. 5 spot coming off a season where the Panthers produced a 31-4 record in the NAIA, while Tiffin sits sixth. The North Division was rounded out by No. 4 Ferris State who rosters one of the top players in the league in senior center Rachel McInerney (15.6 PPG) with Lake Superior State fifth and GLIAC newcomer Purdue Northwest in sixth.
 
Below are the selections for preseason all-conference awards:

2017 GLIAC Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Teams
North Division
1. Rachel McInerney - Ferris State
2. Brenna Heise - Michigan Tech
3. Taylor Parmley - Grand Valley State
4. Darby Youngstrom - Northern Michigan
5. Riley Blair - Ferris State

South Division
1. Laina Snyder - Ashland (Preseason Player of the Year)
2. Andi Daugherty - Ashland
3. Maddy Seeley - Northwood
4. Shannon Wilson - Wayne State
5. Lindsay Orwat - Northwood
 
Competition begins on November 10th with GLIAC play commencing on November 30th. The 2018 GLIAC Men's Basketball Tournament will take place February 27th through March 4th.

North Division

#1 Michigan Tech 58 Points, 4 First Place Votes

#2 Grand Valley State 57 points, 4 First-Place Votes

#3 Northern Michigan 52 Points, 4 First Place Votes

#4 Ferris State 36 Points

#5 Lake Superior State 26 Points

#6 Purdue Northwest 17 Points

South Division

#1 Ashland 66 points, 11 First-Place Votes

#2 Saginaw Valley State 51 Points

#3 Northwood 48 Points, 1 First Place Vote

#4 Wayne State 36 Points

#5 Davenport 25 Points

#6 Tiffin 20 Points