SFU Women's Basketball Debuts at No. 24 in Mid-Major Top 25

Loretto, Cambria County, Pa. -  Saint Francis women's basketball starts the season at #24 in the first installment of the College Insider Mid-Major Top-25, marking the first time the Red Flash have started the season ranked in the poll's eight-year history. 

The College Insider Poll consists of teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast, and Western Athletic.

"We know that preseason polls don't mean anything in the long run over the course of a season," head Coach Joe Haigh said " Being recognized in some fashion on a national level by other coaches  is a really cool thing for our program and Saint Francis University."

The Red Flash earned 90 poll points to slot in at 24, just behind Northern Iowa and one point ahead of South Dakota. Saint Francis was picked by Northeast Conference coaches as the pre-season favorite to capture a NEC-Record 12th title, earning seven-of-nine possible first-place votes. 

SFU will also see a possible six teams from the Mid-Major poll throughout the regular season. The Red Flash open at Toledo in the Pre-Season WNIT, the Rockets won the Mid-American Conference tournament last year and debut at 29 in the poll, picking up 83. Depending on how the WNIT falls out, SFU could see Drake (#3), and/or Cal-State Northridge (RV). Outside of the tournament, the Red Flash will face Gonzaga (#2), William and Mary (RV), and Robert Morris (RV) in the regular season. 

Saint Francis will open the season on Thursday night in an exhibition against Pitt-Johnstown. Tip-time will be at 7 p.m., admission is $3 but fans can get in free if they bring in a non-perishable good for the annual women's basketball canned food drive. 

"It's really nice to add a little more positive publicity to all the great things that our athletic programs are accomplishing at Saint Francis in recent years," Coach Haigh added. 


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