Stockton University women’s basketball team has been selected as the second team favored to win the New Jersey Athletic Conference championship this season based on a preseason poll of the league’s 10 head coaches.
The Ospreys received three first-place votes.
Last season, Stockton finished in third place in the conference with a 17-9 overall record (12-6 in the NJAC). They lost in the first round of the NJAC Tournament to Rutgers-Newark.
Joe Fussner will be entering his 26th season as coach and has guided the Ospreys to a 392-273 record.
Stockton will return three all-conference selections from last season — senior forward Najha Treadwell, senior guard Lea Mendolla and three-time NJAC Defensive Player of the Year senior forward Sasha Williams.
The Ospreys averaged 68.3 points per game last season. The team scored a season-high 100 points against Maine-Presque Isle on Dec. 17, 2016.
Stockton also had a .414 field goal percentage and a .326 three-point percentage.
The Ospreys will open their season against Baruch College 7 p.m. Wednesday.
NJAC preseason poll rankings
(First-place votes in parentheses.)
1. Montclair State University (6)
2. Stockton University (3)
3. Kean University
4. Rowan University
5. William Paterson University (1)
6. The College of New Jersey
7. Rutgers University-Newark
8. Rutgers University-Camden
9. Ramapo College
10. New Jersey City University
— Patrick Mulranen