Mason Vranish

The MAAC released their preseason conference predictions and all league selections earlier today for women's basketball. The Siena Saints were predicted to finish third in conference play this season. Last season the Saints finished with a 10-10 overall record in conference play and a 14-18 record overall. The Saints led by Coach Ali Jacques finished twenty seven votes behind the preseason conference favorite Quinnipiac. The Siena Saints will be led this season by preseason first team all conference selection Kollyns Scarbrough. Scarbrogh, the 5'10' junior guard from Jamaica, New York, led the team in points, assists and steals last season. Jackie Benitez was the other Siena Saint who received preseason recognition. The 5'10' sophomore guard from Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania finished second on the team last season in points and steals. Below is the full list of the conference's preseason selections. The Saints tip off their season on the road November 14th against last season's national runner up Syracuse.

2016-17 Preseason Coaches’ Poll

1. Quinnipiac (7) 117
2. Iona (4) 114
3. Siena 90
4. Fairfield 82
5. Marist 72
6. Canisius 58
T7. Manhattan 53
T7. Monmouth 53
9. Niagara 42
10. Rider 24
11. Saint Peter’s 21

2016-17 Preseason All-MAAC Teams

First Team

Marina Lizarazu, Iona, Sr., G, 5-8, Madrid, Spain*

Amani Tatum, Manhattan, Jr., G, 5-7, Cambria Heights, NY

Victoria Rampado, Niagara, R-Jr., F, 6-2, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Aryn McClure, Quinnipiac, So., G/F, 5-11, Springfield Gardens, NY

Kollyns Scarbrough, Siena, Jr., G, 5-10, Jamaica, NY

Second Team

Casey Smith, Fairfield, R-Sr., F, 6-2, Danbury, CT

Alexis Lewis, Iona, So., G, 5-10, Pittston, PA

Paula Strautmane, Quinnipiac, So., F, 6-0, Mucenieki, Latvia

Robin Perkins, Rider, Sr., G, 5-10, Willingboro, NJ

Sajanna Bethea, Saint Peter’s, Jr., F, 5-11, Levittown, PA

Third Team

Maria Welch, Canisius, So., G, 5-11, Erie, PA

Kelsey Carey, Fairfield, Sr., F, 6-0, Staten Island, NY

Allie Clement, Marist, Jr., G, 5-8, Falmouth, ME

Kaylee Stroemple, Niagara, Jr., F, 5-11, Canton, OH

Jackie Benitez, Siena, So., G, 5-10, Tobyhanna, PA

Preseason Player of the Year

Marina Lizarazu, Iona*

*Denotes unanimous selection