Coppin State forward Janelle Lane (1) turns with the ball, in front of Hampton Pirates forward Brielle Ward (33) during MEAC women's basketball at the Physical Education Complex on Feb. 1, 2014
Coppin State forward Janelle Lane (1) turns with the ball, in front of Hampton Pirates forward Brielle Ward (33) during MEAC women's basketball at the Physical Education Complex on Feb. 1, 2014 (Karl Merton Ferron)

Coppin State

Last season: 7-22, 5-11 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

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Outlook: Picked to finish seventh in the league, the Eagles return 84.7 percent of their offense from last year, including leading scorers Jordan Swails and Janelle Lane (Woodlawn), both seniors, and MEAC All-Rookie team guard Genesis Lucas.

Loyola Maryland

Last season: 7-23, 5-13 Patriot League

Outlook: Senior guard Colleen Marshall, who led the Patriot League in steals (2.59 per game) last season, will be counted on to lead the Greyhounds, voted eighth in the conference preseason poll. Patriot League All-Rookie team guard Bri Betz-White is also back.

Morgan State

Last season: 11-19, 8-8 MEAC

Outlook: With guard Tracey Carrington (Dundalk) having graduated, the Bears will look to replace one All-MEAC performer with another. Sophomore guard Braennan Farrar is a preseason all-conference pick for Morgan State, voted to finish ninth in the league.

Mount St. Mary's

Last season: 8-22, 6-12 Northeast Conference

Outlook: The Mountaineers graduated Jacqueline Brewer and Jenn Carney, who averaged a combined 25.3 points per game last season. Returning senior starters Jody Chickey and Sarafina Arthur-Williams will try to take Mount St. Mary above its predicted seventh-place finish in the league.

Navy

Last season: 17-14, 10-8 Patriot League

Outlook: The Midshipmen return four starters from a team that finished tied for fourth in the Patriot League last season but was picked to finish just sixth in the conference in its preseason poll. All-Rookie team guard Taylor Dunham led Navy in scoring last season (8.8 points per game).

Towson

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Last season: 11-21, 6-12 Colonial Athletic Association

Outlook: The Tigers' backcourt is in good hands with senior Dominique Johnson, a preseason All-CAA honorable mention, and sophomore Breonn Hughey, a CAA All-Rookie team honoree. Replacing All-CAA forward LaTorri Hines-Allen will be the challenge for Towson, picked to finish eighth in the league.

UMBC

Last season: 12-19, 6-10 America East Conference

Outlook: Junior guard Capree Garner (16.5 points per game) and sophomore guard Taylor McCarley (11 points per game), both all-conference performers, started all 31 games for the Retrievers last season. Two other starters return for UMBC, the No. 6 team in the America East's preseason poll.

UMES

Last season: 14-17, 8-8 MEAC

Outlook: Senior forward-center Alexis Udoji, the reigning MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, will anchor the paint for the Hawks, who received three first-place votes and were voted to finish third in the league's preseason poll. Graduated guard Jessica Long was UMES's only player to average double-digit points last season.

—Jonas Shaffer

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