Clarion Women’s Basketball Picked Seventh in Preseason Poll

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) announced the results of its women’s basketball preseason coaches’ poll, with the Clarion Golden Eagles predicted to finish seventh in the PSAC West division in 2017-18.


Clarion returns two starters from a year ago, when the team went 15-14 overall and 12-10 in PSAC play to reach the conference tournament for the first time since the 2012-13 season.  It was the first winning season for the Golden Eagles under head coach Jana Ashley, now entering her fourth season, and the first for the program since the 2009-10 campaign.


The Golden Eagles welcome back Jordan Bekelja and Amesha Harden-Pullium to lead a young squad this year.  Both started every game a year ago, with Bekelja averaging 11.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 3.2 apg a season ago.  Harden-Pullium was an offensive catalyst for the Golden Eagles with 9.8 ppg and 3.0 apg during the 2015-16 campaign.


The season begins on Friday, Nov. 10 when the Golden Eagles compete at a tournament hosted by Fairmont State, with games against Concord and the hosting Falcons scheduled.  Clarion plays its home opener on Saturday, Nov. 18 against East Stroudsburg.



1) IUP (8)

2) California (1)

3) Edinboro

4) Seton Hill

5) Gannon

6) Slippery Rock

7) Clarion

8) Pitt-Johnstown

9) Mercyhurst



1) East Stroudsburg (7)

2) West Chester (2)

3) Kutztown

4) Bloomsburg

5) Shippensburg

6) Milersville

7) Lock Haven

8) Cheyney

9) Mansfield