The UW-Superior women’s basketball team has been picked to finish second in the 2019-20 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Preseason Poll, announced Thursday, Oct. 31.

The Yellowjackets, who finished the season 24-3 overall, earned 57 points and two first-place votes in the poll. Bethany Lutheran edged UWS with 60 points and five first-place votes. Minnesota Morris was third with 52 points and the remaining two first-place nods.

The ‘Jackets return 11 players from a team that advanced to the UMAC championship game, and welcome eight newcomers who look to help UWS return to the NCAA tournament in March.

Third-year head coach Zach Otto-Fisher and UWS open the regular season Nov. 8 at UW-Stout at 5:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Yellowjacket men’s basketball team was picked to finish fifth in the UMAC Preseason Coaches Poll.

The Yellowjackets received 33 points in the poll. Bethany Lutheran was picked to win the conference with 62 points and six first-place votes. Northwestern was second with 59 points and the remaining three first-place votes. St. Scholastica (49 points) and Crown (44) rounded out the top four.

UWS returns 11 players from a team that went 6-19 overall and 4-12 in the league last season and looks to make a jump to contending for a UMAC tournament spot in late February.

UW-Superior and third-year head coach Greg Polkowski, open the regular season hosting the 10th-annual Merrill Thompson Classic Nov. 8-9 at Mertz Mortorelli Gym.

The ‘Jackets take on Marian at 8 p.m., on the first day and either St. John’s University or Nebraska Wesleyan University on the second.