Women's basketball picked third in conference preseason poll

LANCASTER, Pa. - The Haverford College women's basketball team secured its first Centennial Conference playoff berth in program history last season and advanced to the league semifinals. People from around the conference took notice and expect another standout performance from the Fords this season as they were voted to finish third in the conference's 2012-13 preseason women's basketball poll, as released by the conference Tuesday afternoon during its multimedia tip-off event.

Garnering two first-place votes and 163 points overall, Haverford edged Franklin & Marshall College (three first-place votes, 161 points) for third place in the annual voting by the conference coaches and sports information directors. Defending champion Muhleberg College nabbed the top spot with nine first-place votes and 178 points while Johns Hopkins University, the 2012 conference runner-up, followed closely with eight first-place votes and 176 total points.

Illustrating that the conference will be as competitive as ever this season, four teams split the 22 possible first-place votes. Gettyburg College rounded out the top five with 117 points.

Last season the Fords (18-9, 12-8 CC), without a senior on the roster, set new program standards for overall wins  and conference wins. Finishing fourth in the regular season, Haverford took down visiting Ursinus College, 55-41, in quarterfinal action to claim the first playoff victory in program history.