MIAA releases coaches polls as hoops season approaches

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association released its preseason coaches polls for men's and women's basketball Thursday (Oct. 25) during the annual Preseason Basketball Luncheon at the Colonial Ballroom of the Kansas City Marriott Muehlebach Tower.

The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats were selected as the team to beat on the men's side, while Emporia State was the top choice on the women's side.

The conference champions will be decided in Kansas City as Municipal Auditorium will once again serve as host site for the 2008 MIAA Postseason Tournament March 6-9. The tournament winners earn automatic berths to the regional tournament.

The women will open tournament play on Thursday, with the men's first round games on Friday. The women's semifinals will be Saturday afternoon, with the men's round of four that evening. The women's title game leads off championship round action on Sunday.

The regional tournament winners advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. The men's will be played in Springfield, Mass., while the women's will be at Kearney, Neb.

The Northwest Bearcats have three starters back from last season's regular season league co-champs -- led by the 2006-07 MIAA Most Valuable Player, junior F Hunter Henry (17.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.2 spg, 1.2 bpg) and reigning league Freshman of the Year, sophomore G Lance Sullivan (11.4 ppg, 2.7 apg).

Also back is the starting point guard from 2005-06 -- senior Mose Howard. He missed last season with an injury after averaging 13.0 points, 3.0 assists and 2.1 steals the year prior.

The ESU Lady Hornets return the top scorer and rebounder in the MIAA from last season, senior F Michelle Stueve (18.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg) -- a Kodak/WBCA All-America, along with the conference Freshman of the Year in sophomore G Cassondra Boston (12.1ppg, 3.1 apg).

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2007-08 MIAA Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll

School Pts.
1. Northwest Missouri State (9) 81
2. Central Missouri (1) 68
3. Pittsburg State 65
4. Emporia State 51
5. Missouri Western 41
6. Southwest Baptist 35
7. Fort Hays State 34
8. Truman 27
9. Washburn 26
10. Missouri Southern 22

Points awarded on a 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
Coaches could not vote for their own school.

2007-08 MIAA Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll

School Pts.
1. Emporia State (6) 78
2. Washburn (4) 76
3. Northwest Missouri State 58
4. Central Missouri 51
5. Missouri Southern 50
6. Missouri Western 42
7. Pittsburg State 34
8. Fort Hays State 22
Southwest Baptist 22
10. Truman 17

Points awarded on a 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
Coaches could not vote for their own school.

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2006-07 MEN'S BASKETBALL

Conference Overall
W L Pct. W L Pct. Streak
NWMSU (17) 15 3 .833 24 7 .774 Lost 1
UCM (6) 15 3 .833 31 4 .886 Lost 1
ESU 12 6 .667 21 8 .724 Lost 4
SBU 10 8 .556 16 12 .571 Lost 1
PSU 9 9 .500 18 13 .581 Lost 2
TSU 9 9 .500 16 13 .552 Lost 1
FHSU 6 12 .333 13 15 .464 Lost 2
MSSU 5 13 .278 10 18 .357 Lost 1
MWSU 5 13 .278 12 15 .444 Lost 3
WU 4 14 .222 8 19 .296 Lost 4

NABC Division II Coaches Poll ranking in parenthesis
NWMSU and UCM shared the MIAA regular season championship.
UCM won the MIAA Tournament championship.
2006-07 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Conference Overall
W L Pct. W L Pct. Streak
MWSU (9) 16 2 .889 30 4 .882 Lost 1
WU (8) 15 3 .833 29 4 .879 Lost 1
ESU (18) 14 4 .778 22 8 .733 Lost 2
NWMSU 10 8 .556 18 12 .600 Lost 2
MSSU 7 11 .389 14 13 .519 Lost 1
UCM 7 11 .389 14 14 .500 Lost 5
SBU 7 11 .389 15 13 .536 Lost 2
PSU 6 12 .333 11 16 .407 Lost 1
FHSU 5 13 .278 14 13 .519 Lost 2
TSU 3 15 .167 8 19 .296 Lost 9

WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Division II ranking in parenthesis
MWSU won the MIAA regular season championship.
WU won the MIAA Tournament championship.

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