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DIVISION I WOMEN

COPPIN STATE

Coach: Derek Brown, ninth season at Coppin State (156-106)

2007-08 record: 22-12 (13-3, second place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)

Arena: Coppin Center (1,720)

Consensus MEAC favorite: North Carolina A&T;

Starters lost: Two

Outlook: The Eagles finished second in the regular season and won the conference tournament, 72-70, over North Carolina A&T.; Coppin State then advanced to its fourth consecutive postseason appearance, where it lost to Maryland, 80-66, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Eagles return Whitney Cunningham (Western), who was a preseason All-MEAC first-team pick, averaged 10.1 points and 8.0 rebounds and blocked 46 shots. Danielle Anders was a preseason All-MEAC second-team selection and led the team in scoring last season with 11.3 ppg. Coppin State was selected fourth in the preseason poll, but the team's expectations are much higher. Jennifer Martin is the other returning starter, and newcomers Jeanine Manley and Shinaa Cross are expected to receive a lot of playing time.

LOYOLA

Coach: Joe Logan, fourth season at Loyola (51-39)

2007-08 record: 13-17 (7-11, tied for sixth place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)

Arena: Reitz Arena (2,100)

Consensus MAAC favorite: Marist

Starters lost: Two

Outlook: The Greyhounds were picked fifth this season by MEAC coaches. Loyola will be led by sophomore point guard Candice Walker, who was named to the preseason All-MAAC second team after starting all 30 games and leading the team with 83 assists last season. Also back are senior guard Siobhan Prior, the team's leading returning scorer (8.2 ppg), and junior forward Kaitlin Grant, the top rebounder with 4.4 per game. Junior wing Erica DiClemente and sophomore forward Meredith Tolley are expected to receive a lot of minutes this season after earning several starts last year. A lot will have to go right for the Greyhounds to knock off Marist, which finished 18-0 last season. The top incoming player is Miriam McKenzie, who was The Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year at Oakland Mills last season.

MORGAN STATE

Coach: Donald Beasley, third season at Morgan State (42-48)

2007-08 record: 19-12 (10-6, tied for fourth place in the MEAC)

Arena: Talmadge Hill Field House (4,259)

Consensus MEAC favorite: North Carolina A&T;

Starters lost: Three

Outlook: The Bears continued their climb in the MEAC last season, setting the school record for wins at the Division I level with 19, surpassing the record of 18 set the year before. The Bears return two starters on a team that lost in the MEAC quarterfinals to Delaware State, 67-49. Junior guard Corin Adams will be a force for Morgan State after averaging 16.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.9 steals. Adams was named to the All-MEAC first team and was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Year. Theresa Davis is the other returning starter, and she averaged 6.4 points last season. Junior forward Phylicia Jones earned All-MEAC tournament honors.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S

Coach: Bryan Whitten, second season at Mount St. Mary's

2007-08 record: 8-22 (6-12, eighth place in the Northeast Conference)

Arena: Knott Arena (3,121)

Consensus NEC favorite: Robert Morris

Starters lost: Two

Outlook: Mount St. Mary's is looking to build on last season, when it lost to top seed Quinnipiac in the NEC tournament quarterfinals. The Mountaineers have made it to 19 consecutive NEC tournaments, the longest streak in the league. Mount St. Mary's was picked to finish seventh in the coaches' preseason poll. The Mountaineers, who return three starters and eight letter winners, will be led by sophomore forward Mary Dunn, who averaged 7.8 rebounds and 8.3 points. She had 13 double-figure performances, including 10 in her last 13 games. Senior Brianna Gauthier (St. Mary's) averaged 8.0 points and had a team-best 84 assists. Junior Hassanah Oliver is also expected to be a force after averaging 7.4 points and 3.1 rebounds last season.

NAVY

Coach: Stefanie Pemper, first season at Navy

2007-08 record: 7-23 (3-11, seventh place in the Patriot League)

Arena: Alumni Hall (5,710)

Consensus Patriot League favorite: Holy Cross

Starters lost: None

Outlook: Pemper takes over Navy after running a successful program at Bowdoin, where she compiled a 235-48 record over 10 seasons and advanced to the NCAA tournament in all but one. Navy was picked in the preseason to finish seventh, the position the Midshipmen finished last season. At center, Navy will be led by Cassie Consedine, the 2008 Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Consedine was also named to the all-league second team after being ranked among the league leaders in scoring (second place), rebounding (first) and blocked shots (second). She was the third freshman in league history to lead the Patriot League in rebounds per game, and her 72 blocked shots shattered the Navy single-season record of 23. The Mids return their starting backcourt with Kalen Kropa and Angela Myers, each of whom surpassed 100 assists last season. Navy is also expected to occasionally go to a four-guard set, which means Emily Cordle, Whitney Davidson and K.C. Gordon each could get considerable time.

TOWSON

Coach: Joe Mathews, eighth season at Towson (78-125)

2007-08 record: 22-10 (12-6, fifth place in the Colonial Athletic Association)

Arena: Towson Center (5,250)

Consensus CAA favorite: Old Dominion

Starters lost: One

Outlook: The Tigers are coming off their most successful season, winning a school-record 22 games. Towson also won a CAA tournament game for the first time. The Tigers return a solid group of veterans, including junior guard Shanae Baker-Brice, an All-CAA third-team selection last season after averaging 11.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. This season, Baker-Brice was named preseason All-CAA second team. Kandace Davis also returns after starting 28 of 30 games, averaging 8.3 points. Haliena Snowden is also expected to have a big year for the Tigers because of her versatility after starting 16 games. The other Tiger to watch is Dovile Miliauskaite, a defensive standout who was second on the team with 18 blocked shots. Katrina Wheeler, a transfer from Georgetown, is also expected to receive quality minutes after having to sit out last season. The Tigers are picked to finish fifth in the CAA.

UMBC

Coach: Phil Stern, seventh season at UMBC (66-111)

2007-08 record: 9-21 (5-11, sixth place in the America East)

Arena: RAC Arena (4,024)

Consensus America East favorite: Vermont

Starters lost: Two

Outlook: UMBC was picked to finish fifth, its highest ranking since joining the America East in 2003. The Retrievers will be led by junior guard Carlee Cassidy, who was selected to the preseason All-America East team. Cassidy led the conference with 17.0 ppg and had 67 three-pointers, breaking the school's sophomore record, and was a league best with 2.39 threes per game. UMBC also returns six other players from last season's squad that earned the No. 6 seed in the America East tournament and lost to third-seeded Boston University in the quarterfinals. Chantay Frazier was the team's third-leading scorer with 10.8 ppg. Meghan Colabella averaged 10.4 points and shot 54.5 percent over the final seven games of the season, earning an America East All-Rookie selection.

UMES

Coach: Fred Batchelor, fourth season at UMES (56-62)

2007-08 record: 17-13 (10-6, tied for fourth place in the MEAC)

Arena: W.P. Hytche Athletic Center (5,500)

Consensus MEAC favorite: North Carolina A&T;

Starters lost: Two

Outlook: UMES tied a school record for wins with 17 and returns the top three scorers from last season, but it was picked to finish just sixth in the MEAC. UMES returns its top three leading scorers. April McBride, named All-MEAC first team last season, averaged 10.5 points. UMES also gets back Tiffany Reid, who led the team in assists (86) and was an All-MEAC second-team pick, and the MEAC's Rookie of the Year, Casey Morton, who was also named to the second team. Queenique Tyler, who averaged 5.9 points, is one of the top returning players.

DIVISION II WOMEN

Bowie State

Coach: Donna Polk, first year at Bowie State

2007-08 record: 22-6 overall (14-1, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association)

Skinny: With three returning players, including Bianca Lee (13.2 ppg) and a new coach, the Bulldogs were voted to finish first in the Eastern Division of the CIAA.

DIVISION III WOMEN

Frostburg State

Coach: Jody Pepple, sixth year (96-78)

2007-08 record: 9-16 (6-12 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference)

Skinny: Frostburg State, picked to finish eighth in the conference, will be led by sophomore Elizabeth Carrington, who led the squad with 10.6 ppg, and junior Shanell Williams, who ranked first with 7.8 rpg.

Goucher

Coach: Didi Cotton, fourth season (17-52)

2007-08 record: 7-17 (2-12 Landmark Conference)

Skinny: The Gophers will be led by forward Amber Smith, who averaged 11.1 points and 7.8 rebounds, but they will have to make up for the loss of Shadae Swan, the fourth-leading scorer in Division III last season.

Hood

Coach: Jay Butler (second season)

2007-08 record: 5-20 (3-13 Capital Athletic Conference)

Skinny: Hood is looking to improve in Butler's second season and should have a solid offense with Jen Willison (14.1 ppg, 9 rpg), Allyson Lethbridge (10.4 ppg) and Sara Wastler (5.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg) returning.

Johns Hopkins

Coach: Nancy Funk, 22 seasons (387-177)

2007-08 record: 12-12 overall (10-8 Centennial Conference)

Skinny: Seniors Caitlin Sloane, Kristin Phillips and Jenna Berninger, who combined for 16.7 points per game last season, will lead the Blue Jays, who could also start two freshman guards, Stephanie Fong and Chantel Mattiola.

McDaniel

Coach: Becky Martin, 28th season (401-259)

2007-08 record: 13-13 overall (11-7 Centennial)

Skinny: The Green Terror is looking to qualify for its eighth consecutive conference tournament with the return of junior guard Ali Moreland, junior center Ashley Lyles and sophomore forward Whitney Snoops.

College of Notre Dame

Coach: Rob Long, third season (24-26)

2007-08 record: 6-19 (3-13 Colonial States Athletic Conference)

Skinny: The Gators finished fifth in the South Division last season and are expected to get immediate contributions from freshman guard Khadija Mitchell (Mercy) and senior forward Gloria Broady, who returns after taking last season off.

St. Mary's

Coach: Barb Bausch, second season

2007-08 record: 18-8 overall (11-5 CAC)

Skinny: The Seahawks had a solid season in Bausch's first season and have a solid nucleus returning, including Allie Scott, a senior forward who averaged 16.4 ppg, and Tiara Hurte, sophomore guard who led the team with 7.8 rebounds per game and made 77 percent of her free throws.

Salisbury

Coach: Charisse Mapp, second season

2007-08 record: 12-15 overall last season (8-8 CAC)

Skinny: The Sea Gulls, who advanced to the conference semifinals last season, will rely on Chante McKinney, a sophomore who had 61 assists and 38 steals last season, and junior Janay Johnson (Catonsville), the second-leading scorer with 7.3 ppg and 5.6 rpg.

Stevenson

Coach: Chris Ramer, 13 years (89-241)

2007-08 record: 7-19 (4-12 CAC)

Skinny: Stevenson returns four starters on a team that completed its first season in the conference. One of them is senior Tara Galvin, who has started in 50 of the team's 55 games the past two years, averaging 6.8 points and totaling 77 three-pointers.

Washington College

Coach: Megan Duran, first season

2007-08 record: 9-16 (6-12 Centennial)

Skinny: Duran, who takes over for interim head coach Steve Kaneshiki, inherits a team that returns three of its four leading scorers from last season, including senior guard Brianne Slizofski and junior guards Jane O'Donnell and Jessica Jamrogowicz.

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