Times Staff Report
October 25, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Five Mid-South Conference teams are ranked in the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday.
The five teams are the most from any one conference in the poll.
Shawnee State University - the preseason favorite to win the Mid-South Conference - is No. 2 in the national poll after receiving 269 voting points from the national raters. The Bears finished last season with a 28-6 record and was ranked sixth in the final national poll.
Georgetown College opens this season at No. 6 in the poll after reaching the NAIA’s national semifinal a year ago. The Tigers received 236 voting points from the national raters.
Campbellsville University is No. 13 in the preseason poll with 171 voting points. Lindsey Wilson College (135 voting points) and University of the Cumberlands (120) is No. 17 and No. 18 respectively in the preseason poll.
One additional Mid-South team earned a mention in the poll.
MSC newcomer Cumberland University picked up 26 voting points from the national raters and is one of 11 teams outside the poll but receiving votes.
Lubbock Christian (Texas) University is No. 1 in the poll with 280 voting points and nine of the 11 first-place votes. Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University is No. 3 with 266 voting points and the final two first-place votes.
A panel of coaches representing the conferences and unaffiliated groups serve as the national raters. The first regular-season Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll is scheduled to be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 4.