October 22, 2013
MADISON, S.D. – Jamestown (N.D.) is the preseason coaches' selections to win the inaugural North Star Athletic Association conference (NSAA) Women's Basketball.
The Jimmies tallied 23 points and three first-place votes to gain first place in the coaches' preseason poll. UJ finished the 2012-13 season with 27-6 overall record and won the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference Women's Basketball Postseason Tournament.
Mayville State (N.D.), which finished with an overall record 20-6 last season, came in second with just one point shy behind Jamestown with 22 points and received two first-place votes.
Valley City State (N.D.) (24-8 overall record in 2012-13) came in third with 15 points, followed by Dakota State (S.D.) fourth with 10 points and Presentation (S.D.) fifth with 5 points.
Jamestown, Mayville State and Valley City State each qualified for the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Tournament last March. The Jimmies advanced to the NAIA's 'Sweet Sixteen' while Mayville State and Valley City State each dropped in the opening round of the national tournament.
UJ and MSU won a pair of games in the Mayville State Classic to open their 2013-14 season with a 2-0 overall record.
Presentation, newcomer in the NAIA this year, starts their season on the road on Oct. 28. The Saints visit NSAA's future member Dickinson State (N.D.). PC returns home for a non-conference game with Dakota State in Aberdeen, S.D. on Oct. 30.
Valley City State kicks off their season at home against a pair of Great Plains Athletic Conference – Dordt (Iowa) on Nov. 1 and Northwestern (Iowa) on Nov. 2.
Here is the complete 2013-14 NSAA Women's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Poll:
2013-14 North Star Athletic Association Women's Basketball Preseason Poll
Jamestown (N.D.) (3)
Mayville State (N.D.) (2)
Valley City State (N.D.)
Dakota State (S.D.)
*First-place votes in parenthesis
Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director