Evangel Women’s Basketball Picked Sixth In Heart Preseason Poll

Evangel Women’s Basketball Picked Sixth In Heart Preseason Poll

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Evangel women's basketball team was picked sixth as the 2019-20 Heart Women's Basketball Preseason Poll was released on Tuesday.

The preseason poll was released in conjunction with a Virtual Media Day produced by all 13 Heart schools. View Heart Virtual Media Day here.

The Crusaders were picked sixth as voting on the women's side was spread out with plenty of preseason parity through the top half of the league. Coaches did not include their own team on their respective ballots.

Five schools received at least two first-place votes with William Penn earning five. However, it was Central Methodist who collected two first-place votes and a total of 142 points to sit at the top of the poll.

MidAmerica Nazarene was picked second, followed by Clarke at No. 3 and William Penn at No. 4 with Benedictine earning two first-place votes but just 116 total points to round out the top five. Evangel earned 106 total points and was picked sixth.

Last season, Evangel finished fourth in head coach Megan Leuzinger's first season going 19-11 overall and 14-10 in the Heart. Evangel won its last seven regular-season games that include wins over at Benedictine and against Grand View, before falling in the first round of the Heart Postseason Tournament.

The Crusaders return their top two leading scorers with NAIA All-American Lexie Vaught (16.1 ppg) and sophomore Brianna Vogts (10.7 ppg). Vaught will be joined by fellow seniors, Kylee Moore, Emma Lander, and Anne Marie Anibal.

Evangel opens the 2019-20 season on the road at Mid-American Christian on November 1 and will renew its rivalry with College of the Ozarks on Nov. 5, before opening its home opener on Nov. 12 against John Brown.

2019-20 Heart Women's Basketball Preseason Poll

Place

Team (1st Place Votes)

Points

1

Central Methodist (2)

142

2

MidAmerica Nazarene (2)

138

3

Clarke (2)

133

4

William Penn (5)

132

5

Benedictine (2)

116

6

Evangel 

106

7

Culver-Stockton

87

8

Baker

79

9

Missouri Valley

69

10

Grand View 

63

11

Peru State

40

12

Graceland

35

13

Mount Mercy

30

 

For the latest information on Evangel Athletics, follow the Crusaders on Facebook at Facebook.com/EvangelAthletics or go to www.EvangelAthletics.com. Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading the Go Evangel Front Row App at EvangelAthletics.com/FrontRow available on Google Play and in the App Store.

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