LET'S GET IT ON
The second season of head coach Alycia Gervais' tenure gets underway on Saturday, November 9 and features a 25-game regular season schedule that will feature 12 home games and 13 away contests.
GUESS WHO'S BACK
The Bulldogs return two starters from a season ago, including first-team all-conference selection Makayla Rudder (Springfield, Mass.) and Sitaara Muhammad (Brockton, Mass.) – the only two to appear in all 26 games a season ago. In addition to those two, other key returners include senior Taisha Alexandre (Quincy, Mass.), junior Kayleigh Merrell (Wilmington, N.C.) and sophomores Stephanie Conrad (Bedford, N.H.) and Alexis Ford (Claremont, N.H.).
Dean is coming off of a season that saw them go 10-8 in the league, earn the fifth overall seed in the NECC Tournament, advance to the tournament quarterfinals and finish at 12-14.
Interestingly enough, fifth-place is where Dean was picked to finish in the preseason coaches' poll that was released recently. Defending league champion New England College earned the top spot with six first-place votes, while Mitchell College, Eastern Nazarene and Becker College were all slotted ahead of the Bulldogs.
BACK FOR MORE
Rudder was spectacular during her first season, earning league rookie of the week five times, while finishing second in the conference in scoring (18.1) and sixth in rebounding (9.8). She had 12 double-doubles and reached double figures in 23 of 26 games.
NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER
The Bulldogs will play four of their first six games at home. Among those four games is the first Bulldog Basketball Tip-Off Tournament next weekend, where Dean will face Clark University on Saturday and then either Regis College or Connecticut College on Sunday.
Of the ten non-conference games the Bulldogs will play in 2019-20, nine of their opponents played in their respective conference's postseason tournament a season ago. Even more, two of them advanced to the NCAA Tournament (Smith, Westfield State) and both Smith (22-7) and Albertus Magnus (23-4) won more than 20 games.