Transylvania University was voted Tuesday the favorite to win the 2014-15 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's basketball championship.
The Pioneers received seven of the 10 first-place votes in the HCAC coaches preseason poll and collected 97 points in all. Hanover College was picked second, with two first-place votes and 88 total points.
Transy finished atop the HCAC standings a year ago with a record of 26-3 overall and 17-1 in the league and will be looking for a third straight title this winter. The Pioneers beat Hanover in the HCAC Tournament championship, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Transylvania returns a pair of All-HCAC selections for new head coach Juli Fulks. Senior guard Nicole Coffman (Casey County) led the league in scoring as a junior (20.0 ppg) and was named conference Most Valuable Player for the second straight season. Junior guard Katelyn Smith (Perry County Central) Smith contributed 18.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest last season.
Transylvania opens its season Nov. 15 with a home game against Berea.
HCAC coaches poll
Team (first-place votes) Points
1. Transylvania (7) 97
2. Hanover (2) 88
3. Franklin (1) 75
4. Bluffton 68
5. Manchester 64
6. Defiance 45
7. Rose-Hulman 40
8. Earlham 36
9. Mount St. Joseph 19
10. Anderson 18