Minimum Expectations: Last year Coach Mitchell's crew earned a berth to the WNIT tournament and a repeat trip is not unreasonable. That team lost Sarina Simmons to graduation, but otherwise comes back relatively intact while adding Yentz, freshman JeTuan Rouse, and freshman Ashley Santos.
Wildest Dream: DePaul and Creighton, who are just outside the preseason top 25, are expected to battle it out for the top spot in conference, but Marquette could sneak into third place. The Golden Eagles were picked to finish fifth in the conference preseason poll, but I'm keeping in mind that they went 5-2 in conference last season against teams still calling the Big East home.
Nightmare: Continuing to average 20 plus turnovers a game is a really good way not to win games. The Golden Eagles coughed up the ball a scant 17 times against the Warhawks so that's progress.
Worst Nightmare: Injuries, injuries, injuries: the Golden Eagles have been snake bitten the past two seasons. Already Rouse is on crutches and junior Chelsie Butler also did not dress on Friday. More injuries could relegate this season to "could have been" status.
Next: The season officially gets underway on Saturday afternoon at 1 pm when Wake Forest visits the McGuire Center. The Demon Deacons finished last season under .500 overall and in conference.
Wake Forest came up just short in their exhibition match-up against something called Wingate on Saturday. Presumably it is not just retired NBA player David Wingate, because losing to him 5-on-1 sounds more embarassing than their actual loss to a Division II school. Senior Chelsea Douglas, who was named to the preseason All ACC team, is the top returning scorer for the conference and scored 25 in the exhibition loss. Junior Dearica Hamby notched a double-double.