The 2012-2013 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll was released on Tuesday, October 23rd and the University of the Cumberlands (UC) Patriot ladies found themselves in a familiar position, ranked once again. The Patriots earned the nod at # 18 in the Preseason poll. The team received 120 total points which is based on last years' ranking, record, and the new class of players each team has recruited.
The Patriots finished the 2011-2012 season with an 8th place ranking and record of 28-4. The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches which represent each of the conferences and independents.
Finishing first at the top of the polls was Lubbock Christian from Texas. The Lady Chaparrals received 9 of the first place votes, coming off a Fab Four appearance and 28-6 finish last season.
The Mid-South Conference proved to everyone just how much of a competitor it always is as 5 teams were voted into the top 25 with another receiving votes. Shawnee State University, who was ranked first in the MSC preseason poll, is ranked an impressive #2 overall in the nation while Georgetown College was close behind at #6. Campbellsville University was voted #13 in the polls while Lindsey Wilson College was in just ahead of the Patriots at #17. The Blue Raiders currently are tied with UC in the MSC preseason polls in fourth place. Mid-South Conference newcomer Cumberland University from Tennessee also appeared in the poll receiving 26 votes.
The Patriot ladies are looking very impressive in preseason play and are looking to climb up the polls quickly as the next ranking will not come out until December. By the first regular-season poll, the Patriots will have a shot to upset second-ranked Shawnee State as well as defeat 21st ranked Columbia College as they play them both home and away.
Cumberlands will kick off their season on the road against #21 Columbia College on November 1st with a tip-off at 8:00 PM.
For more information on the Patriots women's basketball team as well as other Patriot athletics, visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.
Article Provided by Stephanie Quattrociocchi, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia & Athletic Services Graduate Assistant