NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Defending Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Regular Season Co-Champion VCU has been selected as the 2019-20 Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball preseason favorite in a poll announced by the league on Tuesday.
The poll, conducted by the league's coaches, marks the first time the Rams have been chosen as the A-10 preseason favorite. VCU, who received 11 of 14 first place votes, is coming off a record-setting season in which the team went 24-10 overall and 13-3 in the A-10, earning a share of the program's first A-10 Regular Season Championship. VCU reached the postseason for the ninth time in program history and advanced to the second round of the WNIT.
The Rams also earned the No. 1 overall seed in the conference tournament for the first time in program history and advanced to the 2019 A-10 Women's Basketball Championship game.
VCU returns its entire starting five as well as its top nine scorers from a year ago, including last season's First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection Tera Reed and Third Team selections Taya Robinson and Danielle Hammond.
The Rams, led by reigning Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Beth O'Boyle, tied for the best turnaround in Division I last season with a 14.5-game improvement that also tied for the 12th best turnaround in NCAA history.
VCU's improvement was largely fueled by its defensive play as thee Rams ranked in the top six nationally in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal percentage defense.
VCU begins its season on Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. against Appalachian State at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
2019-20 Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Preseason Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Total Points
1. VCU (11) 189
2. Dayton (1) 177
3. Fordham (1) 174
4. Saint Louis (1) 138
5. Davidson 135
6. George Mason 116
7. George Washington 114
8. Massachusetts 107
9. Duquesne 98
10. Saint Joseph's 67
11. Richmond 52
12. Rhode Island 47
13. St. Bonaventure 34
14. La Salle 22