NAIA D2 Womens basketball poll

October 23, 2019 5:29pm

The Northwestern College women's basktball team begins the season ranked 11th in the NAIA D-II Coaches' Preseason poll released earlier today by the national office.

The Red Raiders finished the 2018-19 season with a 29-5 record, losing in the national semifinals to eventual national champion Concordia. Head Coach Chris Yaw, now in his ninth season as the head of the women's basketball program, returns two starters and nine players from last year's team, including Sammy Blum and Anna Wedel, who both earned all-conference honors.

Northwestern accounted for 215 points and is one of six teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference that begin the season ranked in the top 25; Concordia (1), Dordt (5), Dakota Wesleyan (7), Hastings (16) and Morningside (19).

Concordia earned all 12 first place votes and returns four starters from last year's national championship team. Southeastern (Fla.) is second, followed by College of the Ozarks (Mo.), Indiana Tech and Dordt.

Northwestern opens the season on the road at the Trinity Christian Classic on Nov. 1-2.

2019-20 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll (Oct. 23)

RANK LW SCHOOL RECORD FINAL POINTS

1 1 Concordia (Neb.) [12] 35-3 312

2 2 Southeastern (Fla.) 31-3 302

3 5 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 31-4 284

4 7 Indiana Tech 32-4 270

5 16 Dordt (Iowa) 20-12 266

6 8 Marian (Ind.) 27-7 264

7 3 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 31-6 258

8 9 Eastern Oregon 29-4 234

9 14 St. Francis (Ill.) 24-9 231

10 11 Antelope Valley (Calif.) 27-6 230

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11 4 Northwestern (Iowa) 29-5 215

12 15 Sterling (Kan.) 27-6 195

13 24 Saint Francis (Ind.) 20-13 192

14 23 Corban (Ore.) 25-10 167

15 6 Taylor (Ind.) 30-5 165

16 13 Hastings (Neb.) 20-13 163

17 RV Saint Xavier (Ill.) 21-10 158

18 10 Tabor (Kan.) 28-4 137

19 19 Morningside (Iowa) 19-13 126

20 12 Bryan (Tenn.) 31-2 109

21 25 Oregon Tech 24-10 92

22 RV Michigan-Dearborn 24-7 80

23 RV Mayville State (N.D.) 19-8 68

24 RV Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 21-12 66

25 18 Indiana Northwest (Ind.) 27-8 62

Receiving Votes: WVU Tech 50, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 47, Huntington (Ind.) 47, Indiana Wesleyan 38, Aquinas (Mich.) 33, Bellevue (Neb.) 31, Bethany (Kan.) 17, Southern Oregon 15, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 9, Milligan (Tenn.) 7, St. Thomas (Fla.) 5, UC Merced (Calif.) 4