(Posted October 28, 2010)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College women's basketball has been picked to finish third in the Landmark Conference this season, in preseason voting among the league's head coaches and sports information directors released Thursday.

Juniata tallied 71 points in the poll, coming off a 17-12 campaign in 2009-10 with a 9-5 Landmark Conference record.

The University of Scranton finished atop the poll with 97 points, while defending champion Moravian College was second with 78 points. The Royals are led by two-time Landmark Player of the Year Megan Kopecki, while the Greyhounds are paced by team scoring leader and conference shot blocking leader Alexandra Blair.

Trailing the Eagles are Susquehanna University in fourth place with 60 points.

Rounding out the bottom half of the poll are Catholic University in fifth with 54 points, Drew University in sixth place with 47 points, Goucher in seventh with 22 points, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy in eighth place with 18 points.

Juniata is paced by two-time All-Landmark senior forward Jen Hnatuck (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) with 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds. The Eagles also return the services of junior point guard Ashton Bankos (York, Pa./York Catholic), who had 10.2 points and 3.21 assists last season.

Juniata opens its 2010-11 season on Monday, Nov. 15, when it faces Gwynedd Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, Pa.

Landmark Conference
2010 Women's Basketball Preseason Poll

(records shown are from 2009-10)

1. University of Scranton (22-6, 12-2) - 97 points
2. Moravian College (25-3, 14-0) - 78 points
3. Juniata College (17-12, 9-5) - 71 points
4. Susquehanna University (13-13, 7-7) - 60 points
5. Catholic University (12-13, 4-10) - 54 points
6. Drew University (15-12, 5-9) - 47 points
7. Goucher College (7-17, 3-11) - 22 points
8. United States Merchant Marine Academy (10-15, 2-12) - 18 points


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