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Doane Picked Eight by GPAC Coaches

(GPAC Release)  Morningside College received seven first place votes and totaled 139 points and is the preseason coaches' selection to win the 2009-2010 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Women's Basketball Championship.  The Mustangs, coached by Jamie Sale, posted a perfect 38-0 record last year and won the NAIA National Title.  They went through league play at 18-0.  Northwestern, after a final four appearance in 2009, is tabbed second with 137 points and the remaining six first place votes.  The Red Raiders went 26-9 last winter.  National Runner-Up Hastings, after compiling a 27-8 record last year, is picked third with 118 points. Sioux Falls was tabbed fourth with 101 points in the poll.  Morningside, Northwestern, Concordia, Hastings, and Mount Marty all advanced to the NAIA National Tournament last season in Sioux City, Iowa.

Points were awarded on a 12-1 basis and coaches' could not vote for their own team.

Here is the complete 2009-10 GPAC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll:

Place

School

Points

First Place Votes

1.

Morningside

139

7

2.

Northwestern

137

6

3.

Hastings

118

 

4.

Sioux Falls

101

 

5.

Concordia

99

 

6.

Mount Marty

89

 

7.

Briar Cliff

76

 

8.

Doane

70

 

9.

Dordt

65

 

10.

Dakota Wesleyan

43

 

11.

Midland Lutheran

37

 

12.

Dana

22

 

13.

Nebraska Wesleyan

18