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West Liberty Women Receive Votes in USA Today Top 25

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The West Liberty University women's basketball team was one of two Mountain East Conference squads to receive votes in the NCAA Division II USA Today Preseason Top 25 coaches' poll.
Coach Lynn Ullom's Hilltoppers, coming off their seventh 20-win season in the past eight years and a runner-up finish in the final West Virginia Conference standings, fell just a few votes short of cracking the Top 25 but were fourth among the list of teams also receiving votes with 44 points.
The USA Today poll surveys a group of 31 top NCAA Division II coaches from coast to coast.
Glenville State was the only other MEC team receiving votes in the preseason poll. The Pioneers, fresh off an NCAA Division II playoff run, led the list of teams also receiving votes with 126 points.
Bentley (Mass.), which returns 10 of its top 11 players from last year's 30-2 squad, received 18 of the 31 first-place votes to secure the No. 1 preseason ranking. Defending Atlantic Region champion Gannon, Pa. was No. 2 with Clayton State, Ga., Nova Southeastern, Fla. and Emporia State, Kan. rounding out the top five.
West Liberty – which was ranked No. 21 earlier this month in the Women's Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25 – tips off the 2013-14 season on the road Nov. 8 when the Hilltoppers open the Glenville State Tipoff Classic with a 5 p.m. game against Kutztown (Pa.).

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NCAA Division II Women's Basketball
2013-14 Preseason Top 25
Last 2012-13
Rank School Year Record Pts
  1 Bentley, Mass. (18) 7 30-2 694
  2 Gannon, Pa. (2) 6 31-5 678
  3 Clayton State, Ga. (3) 5 32-1 649
  4 Nova Southeastern, Fla. 12 23-9 535
  5 Emporia State, Kan. 18 23-9 494
  6 Western Washington (1) 3 29-4 477
  7 Stonehill, Mass. 11 24-5 468
  8 Central Missouri 16 24-6 466
  9 Concordia, Minn. 24 23-7 437
10 Midwestern State, Texas 19 26-6 367
11 Holy Family, Pa. 13 28-3 347
12 Delta State, Miss. NR 21-10 336
13 Colorado Mesa 8 31-2 332
14 Augustana, S.D. 4 28-7 304
15 Ashland, Ohio (7) 1 37-1 280
16 Dowling, N.Y. 2 20-4 260
17 Cal State-Chico 22 23-6 216
18 Lewis, Ill. 23 24-6 210
(tie) Simon Fraser, B.C. 9 25-6 210
20 USC-Aiken NR 22-8 196
21 Michigan Tech NR 21-9 195
22 Washburn, Kan. 14 23-6 159
23 Minnesota State 17 26-6 156
24 Limestone, S.C. 10 27-4 141
25 Rollins, Fla. NR 22-9 132
Others Receiving Votes: GLENVILLE STATE 126; Shaw (N.C.) 117; Indianapolis (Ind.) 109; WEST LIBERTY 67; Edinboro (Pa.) 62; Findlay (Ohio) 60; Academy of Art (Calif.) 58; Metro State (Colo.) 47; Montana State-Billings 45; Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 39; Arkansas Tech 36; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 35; California (Pa.) 29; New York Tech 29; Tarleton State (Texas) 29; Pittsburg State (Kan.) 28; Cal-San Diego 28; Newberry (S.C.) 24; Bloomsburg (Pa.) 22; Ferris State (Mich.) 22; District of Columbia 18; Southern Indiana 18; Assumption (Mass.) 17; Livingstone (N.C.) 17; Colorado-Colorado Springs 17; Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 17; Northeastern State (Okla.) 16; Saint Mary's (Texas) 15; Fayetteville State (N.C.) 13; Saint Cloud State (Minn.) 12; SW Oklahoma State 12; Tampa (Fla.) 11; West Texas A&M 11; Colorado School of Mines 10; Quincy (Ill.) 10; Bellarmine (Ky.) 9; Wayne State (Neb.) 9; Wayne State (Mich.) 9; Drury (Mo.) 8; Fort Lewis (Colo.) 8; Georgia Regents 7; North Georgia C&S 7; Florida Tech 6; Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 6; Hillsdale (Mich.) 6; North Alabama 6; Tuskegee (Ala.) 5; Wingate (N.C.) 5; Harding (Ark.) 4; Cal State-Monterey Bay 2; CW Post-LIU (N.Y.) 2; Fort Hays State (Kan.) 2; Indiana (Pa.) 2; Pace (N.Y.) 2; Barton (N.C.) 1; Cal Poly-Pomona 1; Clark Atlanta (Ga.) 1; NW Nazarene (Idaho) 1; Minnesota-Duluth 1.