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)RecPtsPrev.
1Amherst (21)33-06171
2Bowdoin (2)29-35772
3Hope29-25545
4St. Thomas (1)27-35257
5Thomas More30-25224
6Tufts26-54896
7Chicago (1)24-347412
8Scranton28-245310
9Trine26-44239
10George Fox25-436018
11Messiah27-331715
12Illinois Wesleyan25-431516
13DePauw25-326220
14East Texas Baptist25-726011
15Wartburg31-11853
16Marymount25-416419
17St. Joseph's (Maine)28-213923
18Washington U.19-8137--
19Gettysburg26-313625
20Christopher Newport25-512813
21UW-Whitewater25-412721
22Texas-Dallas24-5107--
23Emory and Henry23-798--
24Montclair State25-49614
25Randolph-Macon23-688--

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.