The new #1 team in the nation in Division III women's hoops very well could be the Bowdoin College. While Coach Adrienne Shibles and her Polar Bears were beating UNE 106-55 last night, Amherst was getting upset by Eastern Connecticut 70-67.

The preseason poll (below) has two-time national champ Amherst ranked #1 and Bowdoin #2. Remember they met in the national championship game last year.

The (3-0) Polar Bears are likely to move into the #1 ranking after the (2-1) Amherst loss. The first of the weekly polls will be released Monday.

D3Hoops.com National Preseason Poll

# School (1st votes) Rec Pts Prev.
1 Amherst (21) 33-0 617 1
2 Bowdoin (2) 29-3 577 2
3 Hope 29-2 554 5
4 St. Thomas (1) 27-3 525 7
5 Thomas More 30-2 522 4
6 Tufts 26-5 489 6
7 Chicago (1) 24-3 474 12
8 Scranton 28-2 453 10
9 Trine 26-4 423 9
10 George Fox 25-4 360 18
11 Messiah 27-3 317 15
12 Illinois Wesleyan 25-4 315 16
13 DePauw 25-3 262 20
14 East Texas Baptist 25-7 260 11
15 Wartburg 31-1 185 3
16 Marymount 25-4 164 19
17 St. Joseph's (Maine) 28-2 139 23
18 Washington U. 19-8 137 --
19 Gettysburg 26-3 136 25
20 Christopher Newport 25-5 128 13
21 UW-Whitewater 25-4 127 21
22 Texas-Dallas 24-5 107 --
23 Emory and Henry 23-7 98 --
24 Montclair State 25-4 96 14
25 Randolph-Macon 23-6 88 --

NOTE: Among the four Maine players on the Bowdoin team are former Bangor HS standout Cordelia Stewart and Presque Isle HS standout Hannah Graham...Head coach Andrienne Shibles is a former Mt. View HS player while assistant coach Megan Phelps is a former MDI HS player.