Graham Hays for ESPNw recently came out with his mid-major top-10, with the Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team checking in at No. 7. Hays takes note of the Gaels coming off wins against CSUN, Iowa State and USC.
The Gaels have tough tests coming up at Fresno State, at Cal Poly, at Virginia and at George Washington.
The top 10 consists of No. 1 Green Bay, No. 2 Princeton, No. 3 James Madison, No. 4 Western Kentucky, No. 5 Florida Gulf Coast, No. 6 George Washington, No. 7 SMC, No. 8 Gonzaga, No. 9 Dayton and No. 10 Arkansas-Little Rock.
The Gaels enter the week with an RPI of 26, tops in the West Coast Conference. Despite losing three, 1,000 point scorers from 2013-14, the Gaels are doing it with a balanced attack featuring starters Lauren Nicholson, Shannon Mauldin, Stella Beck, Hayley Hendricksen and Carli Rosenthal. SMC has also gotten solid contributions from the bench as well.