The Div. III college basketball season is in full swing, and below is our first official women’s poll of the season.
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1.) Amherst College (5-0) – Despite some critical graduating losses, G.P. Gromacki’s squad has continued their success with wins against non-conference foes. Their toughest test of the season will occur on Tuesday at Emmanuel College.
2.) Tufts University (6-0) – The Jumbos have stampeded, not literally, over their most recent opponents. Hannah Foley continues to lead the squad in points (73), while Kate Barnosky has chipped in 51 points and 21 assists.
3.) Emmanuel College (6-0) – The Saints have managed to rattle off six straight wins since the season commenced, but can they earn their seventh on Tuesday against Amherst?
4.) Babson College (6-0) – The Beavers may have entered the season without two of their best players, but Sarah Collins has made up for their graduating losses with some impressive performances. Babson can earn a comfortable advantage in the NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) standings with victories against Wellesley College and Wheaton College this week.
5.) Williams College (5-1) – The Bears of Bridgewater State rallied in the second half of Saturday’s game to edge the host Ephs, 61-60 in Williamstown. Yet, despite the loss, Pat Manning’s squad managed to secure some early season non-conference wins against Salve Regina and Springfield College, so don’t expect the purple and yellow to slow down following their first setback.
Honorable Mentions: Bridgewater State, Clark University, Curry College, Endicott College, Smith College, Suffolk University, WPI, UMass Dartmouth