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New England Division 1 women’s basketball capsules

Chantell Alford, a two-time America East Player of the Year, will take charge for BU.

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Chantell Alford, a two-time America East Player of the Year, will take charge for BU.

Boston College

 Coach: Erik Johnson, first season.

 Last season: 7-23, 2-14 in ACC.

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 Starters: Tessah Holt, 5-5, Jr. (6.5 ppg), Kerri Shields, 5-9, Sr. (6.7), Kristen Doherty, 5-11, Jr. (9.9), Katie Zenevitch, 6-3, Jr. (10.5), Nicole Boudreau, 5-11, Fr.

 Key reserves: G Shayra Brown, 5-9, Jr. (7.6), G Tiffany Ruffin, 5-7, Jr. (5.6).

 Outlook: The Eagles were picked to finish last in the Atlantic Coast Conference. New coach Erik Johnson returns to BC; he was an assistant coach from 2006-08 under Cathy Inglese. The team will look to proven scorers Zenevitch, Doherty, and Brown to help lead the way after a tough 2011-12 campaign.

BU

 Coach: Kelly Greenberg, ninth season.

 Last season: 23-9, 15-1 in America East.

 Starters: Chantell Alford, 5-8, Sr. (12.4), Mo Moran, 5-7, Sr. (10.9), Kristen Sims, 5-10, Sr. (2.7), Rashidat Agboola, 6-1, Jr. (10.1), Whitney Turner, 6-0, Jr. (2.1).

 Key reserves: Danielle Callahan, 5-7, Jr. (DNP), Mollie McKendrick, 6-0, So. (1.4).

 Outlook: The Terriers aren’t eligible for the league title because they’re leaving for the Patriot League, but that doesn’t mean they won’t tear things up in the regular season like they did last year. Alford is a two-time America East Player of the Year and will lead the way.

Harvard

 Coach: Kathy Delaney-Smith, 31st season.

 Last season: 18-13, 10-4 in Ivy League.

 Starters: Ali Curtis, 5-9, So. (0.8)., Christine Clark, 5-11, Jr. (15.3), Victoria Lippert, 6-0, Sr. (11.7), Temi Fagbenle, 6-4, So. (DNP), Miriam Rutzen, 6-1, Sr. (5.5).

 Key reserves: Emma Golen, 6-0 Sr. (9.2), Shilpa Tummala, 5-11, Fr.

 Outlook: The Crimson, contenders for the Ivy League title, were tabbed second in the presason poll with four returning starters. In addition, big things are expected from Fagbenle, who was a McDonald’s and Parade All-American at Blair Academy in New Jersey and sat out last season.

Holy Cross

 Coach: Bill Gibbons, 28th season.

 Last season: 19-15, 7-7 in Patriot League.

 Starters: Alex Smith, Jr, 5-8 (12.5), Brisje Malone, 5-9, Jr. (8.7), Amy Lepley, 6-0, Sr. (13.4), Christine Ganser, 6-1, Jr. (6.2), Emily Parker, 6-2, So. (10.1).

 Key reserves: Kelly Hamner, 5-9, Jr. (3.0), Raquel Scott, 6-0, Fr.

 Outlook: The Crusaders return four starters and will contend in the Patriot League. They were selected third in the preseason poll. They advanced to the Patriot tournament final, upsetting top-seeded American in the semifinals before falling to Navy.

Northeastern

 Coach: Daynia La-Force, seventh season.

 Last season: 8-22, 6-12 in CAA.

 Starters: Amencie Mercier, 5-7, So. (1.6 ppg), Kashaia Cannon, 5-8, Sr. (10.7 in 2010-11), Deanna Kerkhof, 5-11 Sr. (14.4), Christine Huber, 6-4, Sr. (8.5), Jewel Tunstull, 6-3, Jr. (13.0).

 Key reserves: A’lece Mark, 5-7, So. (5.6), Tiffany Montagne, 5-9, Fr., F Onia Webb, 6-2, Fr., Samantha DeFreese, 6-0, Fr.

 Outlook: The Huskies were predicted to finish sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association preseason poll. They finished up last season by winning four of five, three of their top four scorers return, and Cannon is back after missing last season with an injury.

UMass

 Coach: Sharon Dawley, third season.

 Last season: 8-21, 3-11 in Atlantic 10.

 Starters: Jasmine Watson, 6-3, Sr. (12.3), Kiara Bomben, 5-10, Jr. (DNP), Dee Montgomery, 5-8, Sr. (1.6), Emily Mital, 5-8, So. (2.7), Rashida Timbilla, 6-1, Fr.

 Key reserves: Carolann Cloutier, 5-9 Jr. (5.5), Aisha Rodney, 6-0, So. (3.8).

 Outlook: Last year wasn’t great and this season UMass was picked 15th in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll. All these players have experience, however, so improvement is expected, plus there’s the addition of Bomben, a Australian who sat out last season after transferring from Florida Gulf Coast.

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