The Montclair State women’s basketball team’s 2016 NCAA Tournament run was cut short with a second-round loss, but the Red Hawks will begin their 2016-17 campaign in less than two weeks. Every member of the starting lineup that led Montclair State to its fourth consecutive New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championship last year is returning this season.
Kayla Ceballos, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last season, was the team’s only graduating senior and will not be back on the roster (the team unsuccessfully petitioned to get her season back.) Faith Ashby and Emilia Fernandes are not listed on this year’s roster and the team has added three new freshmen.
No other team in the NJAC made it into the D3Hoops top 25 preseason poll. Stevens, ranked 24th, is the only other team on the Red Hawks’ schedule to be included in the preseason rankings.
This is the fourth consecutive year Montclair State has been ranked in the D3Hoops preseason poll. Previously, the Red Hawks were ranked No. 6 entering the 2013-14 season, No. 11 entering the 2014-15 season and No. 12 entering the 2015-16 season.
The women’s basketball team’s 2016-17 season starts at home against Haverford College on Nov. 15.