Women's basketball earns No. 14 national ranking from WBCA

Women's basketball earns No. 14 national ranking from WBCA

LILBURN, Ga. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team earned its first appearance of the season in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association National Coaches' Poll on Saturday, capping the year as the 14th-ranked team in NCAA Division II.

The Hawks are ranked in the national poll for the first time since week one of the 2016-17 season (No. 25). Furthermore, the No. 14 ranking is the team's highest since a No. 10 ranking was issued by the organization on Feb. 27, 1995.

Saint Anselm, the seventh seed entering its first-ever Elite Eight last week, capped a historic season with a 22-10 overall record after falling to Southwestern Oklahoma State University in the quarterfinals. Led by Head Coach Corey Boilard, the Hawks earned their first-ever East Region title on Mar. 18 after defeating three higher-seeded teams (Bentley, Stonehill, Le Moyne).

Saint Anselm finished the year limiting its opponents to a program-record 35.3% field goal percentage and a 25.7% performance beyond the arc. The team's 1,425 rebounds on the year is a new team record and the squad's rebounding average of 44.5 is the second-best figure.

Boilard has guided the Hawks to a 39-22 overall record since his hire prior to the 2017-18 season. Saint Anselm has won three East Region titles since 2018, the first coming in softball and, most recently, the institution won both the men's and women's East Region championships. Saint Anselm was only the 11th NCAA Division II member institution to accomplish that feat in the division's hoops history.