CARMEL, Ind. – In a vote of league coaches, Transylvania University was selected as the favorite in the 2021-22 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) women’s basketball race.
 
The Pioneers earned an impressive 95 points including six first-place votes, placing them in the No. 1 slot. Hanover College was picked to finish second with 86 points, sagging two first-place nods. Mount St. Joseph University (70) and Franklin College (66) finished in third and fourth place respectively, with each team picking up a first-place vote. Bluffton University rounded out the top-half of the poll, earning 65 points.
 
Listed below is the 2021-22 HCAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll and the 2021-22 HCAC Players to Watch.  For more information on HCAC Women’s Basketball, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the Internet at www.heartlandconf.org.  Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.
 
2021-22 HCAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll
 

1.Transylvania University (6)95
2.Hanover College (2)86
3.Mount St. Joseph University (1)70
4.Franklin College (1)66
5.Bluffton University65
6.Anderson University64
7.Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology29
7.Manchester29
9.Defiance College28
10.Earlham College18

 
2021-22 HCAC Players to Watch:
 
Anderson

NameClassHometownPosition
Lexi DellingerSRBerne, Ind.Guard
Payton MooreSRSpiceland, Ind.Forward
Jade ShipleyJRWestfield, Ind.Guard

 
Bluffton

NameClassHometownPosition
Maddie FitzpatrickSOMount Gilead, OhioGuard
Brianna GilligSRNew Riegel, OhioForward
Peyton HenryJRLeipsic, OhioGuard
Emma SaltzmanSRArcadia, OhioCenter
Sammy ShardoJRFindlay, OhioGuard

 
Defiance

NameClassHometownPosition
Taylor DaySRWest Mansfield, OhioGuard
Bri FrancisSRIndianapolis, Ind.Post
Nicole SimsJRCamden, OhioGuard
Nysha SpeedSRDetroit, Mich.Post
Taylor SteinbrunnerJRBeavercreek, OhioGuard

 
Earlham

NameClassHometownPosition
Kinzi BrooksJRWilcott, Ind.Guard
Alexis GibsonFYJeffersonville, Ind.Forward
Amy StewartSOSouth Charleston, OhioCenter
Neely TrenshawJRNappanee, Ind.Guard

 
Franklin

NameClassHometownPosition
Destinee CrossSRLafayette, Ind.Forward
Jessica NixSRMartinsville, Ind.Forward
Bayleigh TorranceJRFranklin, Ind.Forward

 
Hanover

NameClassHometownPosition
Lanette BlumeSRSt. Anthony, Ind.Guard
Liz TynanSRColumbus, Ind.Forward

 
Manchester

NameClassHometownPosition
Macy MillerSRHuntertown, Ind.Forward

 
Mount St. Joseph

NameClassHometownPosition
Carlee DaultonJRRipley, OhioForward
Maddie HaberthySRCincinnati, OhioGuard
Chloe JansenJRHighlands, Ky.Guard
Shelby TurnerSOPendleton, Ky.Guard

 
Rose-Hulman

NameClassHometownPosition
Jordan BarlowJRHutchinson, Kan.Forward
Rose BurnhamJRSouth Riding, Va.Forward
Kahlan JesterJRMinneapolis, Minn.Guard
Nola WilsonSRIndianapolis, Ind.Guard

 
Transylvania

NameClassHometownPosition
Laken BallJRBeckley, W.V.Center
Madison KellioneJRCynthiana, Ky.Guard
Grace ShopeSRLeesburg, Ky.Guard
Kennedi StacyJRSalyersville, Ky.Guard
Dasia ThontonJRCincinnati, OhioForward