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Northwest 7th, Western 8th in MIAA Preseason Polls

The Griffons and Bearcats are expected to finish in the middle of the pack this basketball season.
(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) Missouri Western and Northwest women's basketball are expected to finish in the middle of the pack this season according to the conference's coaches and media.

The Bearcats are selected to finish seventh in the Preseason MIAA Coaches and Media Polls. The Griffons are picked to finish eighth in each set of rankings.

Western finished the 2012-2013 season with a 16-12 record -- a nine-win increase from the previous year -- and landed the tenth seed in the conference tournament in Rob Edmisson's first year as head coach.

Northwest is on its second new coach in as many seasons. Michael Smith came to Maryville from Truman State where he coached for five years. He inherits a team coming off a 15-13 record and the ninth seed in the MIAA Tournament.

The Griffons and Bearcats open the regular season November ninth.



2013-14 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Emporia State (8)         164
2. Central Missouri (5)       158
3. Washburn (1)               143
4. Fort Hays State            130
5. Pittsburg State              124
6. Northeastern State        101
7. Northwest Missouri         94
8. Missouri Western            90
9. Missouri Southern           72
10. Southwest Baptist        66
11. Central Oklahoma         49
12. Lincoln                       36
13. Lindenwood                 28
14. Nebraska-Kearney       19

2013-14 MIAA Preseason Media Poll
1. Central Missouri (13)     359
2. Emporia State (7)         338
3. Washburn (6)               312
4. Fort Hays State (1)       293
5. Pittsburg State             269
6. Northeastern State       267
7. Northwest Missouri       201
8. Missouri Western         187
9. Missouri Southern        171
10. Southwest Baptist     128
11.  Central Oklahoma     101
12. Lincoln                      5
13. Nebraska-Kearney     75
14. Lindenwood              49
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