Northwestern Womens Basketball receiving voted in NAIA preseason coaches poll

October 27, 2021 1:20pm

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Northwestern College women’s basketball team, under the direction of fist-year head coach Kristin Rotert, enters the 2021-22 season receiving 12 votes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the national office announced this morning.

Just over a week ago, the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) office announced the preseason coaches' poll which picked the Raiders to finish fourth in the league this upcoming season.

The Raider women will look to build off of a third-place GPAC finish during the 2020-21 season. After a rough 0-6 start to the season the Raiders won five in a row before the Thanksgiving break. After losing two tough games to Morningside and Concordia (Neb.), they were able to rattle off 11 straight victories entering the conference tournament as the hottest team in the league. A semifinal appearance in the GPAC tournament after a 16-6 conference record earned the Raiders an at-large berth to the NAIA National Tournament.

Two GPAC schools also find themselves ranked in the preseason poll, both inside the top-10, in the Morningside Mustangs (No. 6) and Concordia (Neb.) Bulldogs (No. 9). The Dordt Defenders also join the Raiders in receiving votes, tabbed with 30.

Northwestern’s first opponent of the season, the Tabor College (Kan.) Bluejays, sits right behind the Raiders receiving 10 votes in the preseason poll. The Raiders also have the No. 13-ranked Dakota State Trojans on the schedule for a non-conference match-up scheduled for December 16 in Madison, S.D.

GPAC in the rankings:

No. 6 Morningside Mustangs (0-0, 0-0 GPAC)

No. 9 Concordia (Neb.) Bulldogs (0-0, 0-0 GPAC)

RV (30) Dordt Defenders (1-0, 0-0 GPAC)

RV (12) Northwestern Red Raiders (0-0, 0-0 GPAC)

The Raiders begin the 2021-22 campaign this Friday night, October 29, with a 6:00 p.m. tip-off against the (RV) Tabor Bluejays out of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) inside the Bultman Center on the campus of Northwestern College.

RANK

1 Westmont (Calif.) [19] 15-1 560

2 Thomas More (Ky.) 29-2 542 

3 Campbellsville (Ky.) 20-3 496

4 Marian (Ind.) [1] 27-6  494

5 Southeastern (Fla.) 26-3 493

7 Carroll (Mont.) 21-3 426

8 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 13-1 413

9 Concordia (Neb.) 22-9 398

10 Vanguard (Calif.) 7-5 389

11 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 19-5 377

11 Indiana Wesleyan 24-6 377

13 Dakota State (S.D.) 27-4 376

14 Indiana Tech 27-3 314

15 Lyon (Ark.) 15-2 312

16 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 19-6 284

17 Central Methodist (Mo.) 13-6 277

18 Sterling (Kan.) 30-1 237

19 Clarke (Iowa) 23-3 226

20 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 18-4 169

21 Montana Western 17-10 138

22 Bushnell (Ore.) 11-2 135

23 Loyola (La.) 21-2 132

24 The Master's (Calif.) 7-5 116

25 Taylor (Ind.) 19-7 108

Receiving Votes: Saint Xavier (Ill.) 89, Columbia (Mo.) 83, Providence (Mont.) 58, Science & Arts (Okla.) 50. Pikeville (Ky.) 39, Oklahoma City 38, St. Francis (Ill.) 36, Rust (Miss.) 34, Dordt (Iowa) 30, Talladega (Ala.) 23, Bellevue (Neb.) 16, Bethel (Tenn.) 16, LSU Shreveport (La.) 15, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 14, Northwestern (Iowa) 12, Tabor (Kan.) 10, Eastern Oregon 5, Benedictine (Kan.) 3, Bryan (Tenn.) 3