Hoping to build off of last season's 7-9 America East conference mark, Stony Brook (9-19) received a bit of good news as it was picked to finish fourth in the America East.
With seniors Kirstin Jeter and Misha Horsey, both four-year players, back, the Seawolves have good reason to be positive. The usual suspects in the America East, Boston University and Hartford, figure to be the team to beat.
The Seawolves played well for stretches during conference play last season and advanced to the America East semifinal for the first time in school history.
It won't be just about Jeter, one of only three unanimous preseason all-conference selections, and Horsey. Junior forward Destiny Jacobs saw significant action last season along with junior guard Tamiel Murray. Senior guard Jodi Plikus also figures to give the Seawolves a lift.
The schedule, as usual, won't be easy. Stony Brook has tough non-conference contests against Hofstra, Iona and Old Dominion. The Seawolves open their season in the Phoenix Classic in Elon, NC against Troy on November 12.