KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Appalachian Athletic Conference placed two teams in the 2012-13 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 with Tennessee Wesleyan coming in at No. 17 and and Union at No. 24, the national office announced Tuesday.
Tennessee Wesleyan (24-9 overall, 15-3 AAC in 2011-12) won the conference regular-season championship last year, while Union (25-8 overall, 13-5 AAC in 2011-12) won the conference tournament. Both teams advanced to the NAIA National Championship Tournament.
Concordia (Neb.) has claimed the top spot in the NAIA Coaches' Preseason Poll. Concordia collected 11-of-13 first place votes and 342 points for its first No. 1 ranking since the final poll on March 4, 2003 and its tenth overall No. 1 ranking.
Defending national champion Northwestern (Iowa) comes in at No. 2 as it tallied 328 points. Receiving the last two first-place votes was No. 3 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) with 323 points. Indiana Wesleyan comes in at No. 4 notching 314 points, while Morningside (Iowa) rounds out the top five collecting 293 points.
Five teams, who were not in the 201-12 Division II Women's Basketball Postseason Top 25 - No. 6 Saint Xavier (Ill.), No. 13 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), No. 22 Taylor (Ind.), No. 23 Saint Mary (Neb.) and No. 25 Saint Francis (Ind.)- join the poll. Saint Xavier and Olivet Nazarene were NAIA Division I members last season.
Eleven of the 13 Division II women's basketball conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) with five ranked teams. Representing the GPAC is Concordia, Northwestern, Morningside, No. 8 Briar Cliff (Iowa) and No. 18 Hastings (Neb.).
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Independents. The first regular-season poll will be announced on Nov. 27.
To view the entire poll, click here.