COLUMBIA - Five Mid-South Conference teams are ranked in the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, NAIA officials announced on Tuesday.
The five ranked teams are the most from any one conference in the poll.
Mid-South Conference preseason favorite Georgetown (Ky.) leads the way for the conference at No. 4. The Tigers received 223 voting points and one of the 10 first-place votes. Georgetown was one of four MSC teams to reach the second round of the 2013 national tournament.
Cumberland (Tenn.) is No. 7 with 205 voting points followed by Campbellsville (Ky.) at No. 9 with 186 voting points. Cumberland reached the Fab Four a season ago after winning the Mid-South regular season and tournament titles. Campbellsville joined Georgetown and Shawnee State (Ohio) as national tournament second round participants last season.
Shawnee State is just outside the top 10 at No. 11. The Bears picked up 167 voting points from the national raters. Cumberlands (Ky.) is the final Mid-South team in the poll. The Patriots check in at No. 21 with 92 voting points.
Vanguard (Calif.) is No. 1 with 243 voting points and four first-place votes followed by No. 2 Oklahoma City with 238 voting points and three first-place votes. Defending national champion Westmont (Calif.) is No. 3 with 231 voting points. No. 6-ranked Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) received 217 voting points and the final two first-place votes.
A panel of coaches representing the conferences and unaffiliated groups serves at the national raters.
The first regular-season poll is scheduled to be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 10.