Manchester University was picked fifth on the recently-released Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference preseason women's basketball coaches poll.
MU's women received 60 points, just five shy of Defiance College of Ohio and the top four. Transylvania University, the conference's defending champion, was tabbed to repeat with Franklin College and Hanover College rounding out the top three.
The Spartans open the 2013-14 season Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16, at their home Main View Tipoff Tournament. Kalamazoo College of Michigan, Ohio Northern University and Carthage College of Wisconsin join Manchester University in the field.
Individuals can view the complete 2013-14 HCAC women's basketball coaches poll at http://www.heartlandconf.org/sports/wbkb/2013-14/releases/10_29_wbb_preseason_poll.