MASON CITY – The NIACC women’s basketball team is ranked No. 7 in the preseason NJCAA Division II poll.
The Lady Trojans, who were 34-3 overall a year ago and placed third at the national tournament, return four sophomores from last year’s team.
Returning for the Lady Trojans are Sierra Ford-Washington, Ashleigh Onaca, Alexis Boyd-Lockett and A’Chieyah Sanders.
Kirkwood (25-7 a year ago) is ranked No. 3 and Illinois Central is No. 7.
NIACC faces Illinois Central at 6 p.m. on Friday at the annual Konigsmark Klassic.
NIACC hosts Kirkwood on Jan. 10 and plays at Kirkwood on Feb. 7. The Lady Trojans also play No. 17 Cincinnati State and Technical CC in the first round of the Illinois Central holiday tournament on Dec. 28 in Peoria, Ill.
Last season, NIACC spent seven weeks ranked No. 1. The Lady Trojans were not ranked in the preseason poll, climbed into the rankings at No. 3 in the Dec. 4 poll (the second poll of the season) and moved to No. 2 on Dec. 11.
The Lady Trojans moved to No. 1 in the country in the Dec. 18 poll after their 115-111 overtime victory over then No. 1 Kirkwood.
NJCAA Divison II preseason poll
Kalamzaoo Valley CC
Johnson County CC
Illinois Central College
Guiliford Technical CC
North Arkansas College
Cincinnati State Tecnhical and CC
Kansas City (Kansas) CC
2013-14 IN THE POLLS
Oct. 28 (preseason) – not ranked
Dec. 4 – No. 3
Dec. 11 – No. 2
Dec. 18 – No. 1
Jan. 8 – No. 1
Jan. 15 – No. 1
Jan. 22 – No. 2
Jan. 29 – No. 2
Feb. 5 – No. 1
Feb. 12 – No. 1
Feb. 19 – No. 1
Feb. 26 – No. 1