Philadelphia Tabbed First in 2016-17 CACC Women's Basketball Preseason Poll South Division

Philadelphia Tabbed First in 2016-17 CACC Women's Basketball Preseason Poll South Division

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (November 2, 2016) -- The Philadelphia University women's basketball team on Wednesday was tabbed first in the South Division of the 2016-17 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Preseason Coaches Poll. The voting for the poll was done by the league's 14 head coaches in the sport.

The Rams earned 93 points and 11 first-place votes in the rankings, while Holy Family University (2nd, 78 points) and University of the Sciences (3rd, 70 points, 2 1st place votes) rounded out the top three. Bloomfield College, which fell to PhilaU in the 2016 CACC Women's Basketball Championship Final, was picked first in the North Division.

PhilaU enters the 2016-17 season as the defending conference champion after knocking off the Bears, 52-46, in last year's conference final. The win propelled Philadelphia to its second-consecutive NCAA Division II East Regional Tournament appearance. The Rams finished with an impressive 25-7 record during the 2015-16 campaign.

Two starters return from last season's team, including junior guard Rachel Day, who led the CACC in three-pointers made (93) last year, while also ranking second in three-point shooting (43.1%) and ninth in field goal percentage (45.4%).

Redshirt sophomore guard Jessica Kaminski is the team's other returning starter, as she ranked sixth in the CACC in assists and eighth in steals. Her scoring came on late in the season, as she scored in double-figures in the final five games, including dropping in 20 in a quarterfinal win over Nyack College.

The Rams are led by Tom Shirley, who is entering his 28th season at the helm of the program and 36th year overall. He has a career record of 708-327, including 559 wins at Philadelphia. PhilaU has won 20 or more games in four the of the last five seasons, including three in a row.