Raven Women's Basketball Picked To Finish Second in HAAC

Preseason Coaches Poll Released at Annual Press Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday

  • Thursday, October 09, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Heart of America Athletic Conference moved its annual preseason basketball meetings and media day to the College Basketball Experience this season to help better showcase the conference's move to NAIA Div. I for basketball this season.

Coming off their second HAAC championship in three seasons, the Benedictine College women's basketball team wasn't not selected as the preseason favorite as William Jewell earned two more first-place votes in the annual coaches poll.

Raven women's head coach Chad Folsom addresses the audience
during the press conference on Wednesday.

"We're getting used to each other," said Raven women's basketball coach Chad Folsom. "We've got some good leadership from our seniors. Everyone is getting along and getting ready to go."

William Jewell is coming off a 23-10 season and returns four starters from a squad that was eliminated in the NAIA Div. II Women's National Championships last March.

Jewell earned 96 total points with Benedictine earning 90 total points.

The Raven women lost six letterman from their squad that went 29-6 and earned a trip to the NAIA Div. II National Championships Sweet 16 but have seven returning letterman and two starters back for this season.

NAIA All-American Abby Winder (Sr., Troy, Kan.) and All-HAAC performer Melinda Morrison (Sr., Atchison) along with Drew Huff (Jr., Lawrence, Kan.) return to lead the new group of Ravens.

Winder average 11.6 ppg last year while pulling in 5.1 rebounds per game and Morrison was a key member of a deep Ravens bench a year ago. Huff split time with returner Sydni Kovac (Sr., St. Joseph) at the point guard position last season and is the teams returning leader in assists with 89.

MidAmerica Nazarene was picked third, followed by Avila University, Evangel University, Baker University, Lindenwood University, Missouri Valley College, Graceland University, Culver-Stockton College and Central Methodist University.

The entire conference is making the jump to NAIA Div. I this season, which moves their national tournament from Sioux City, Iowa, to Jackson, Tenn.