The MIAA announced its preseason coaches poll for the 2020-2021 women's basketball season during the 2020 MIAA Basketball Virtual Media Day Presented By Seigfreid Bingham. Rogers State women's basketball was selected 13th in the poll.
The Hillcats finished 13th in the standings in 2019-20, picking up MIAA victories over Lincoln and Northeastern State, who were selected 14th and 12th, respectively, in this season's preseason poll.
Rogers State brings back seven letter-winners from last season, including six Hillcats who have starting experience. The Hillcats also welcome in seven newcomers, including three freshman and four transfers to join coach Kyle Bent's roster.
Bent heads into his third season at the head of the women's basketball program.
Emporia State topped this year's coaches poll with a total of 153 points and four first-place votes. Nebraska-Kearney earned the most first-place votes with six and was tabbed second with 146 total points.
The association's defending regular-season and tournament champion, Central Missouri, was picked third with 143 points and three first-place votes. Pittsburg State was slotted fourth and accumulated 140 points from the coaches.
The final first-place vote went to Fort Hays State, which rounded out the top five with 125 points.
Missouri Western was slated sixth followed by Central Oklahoma in seventh with Wasburn at eighth and Northwest Missouri in ninth. The top ten was closed out by Missouri Southern.
Newman trailed MSSU in 11th with Northeastern State at 12th and Rogers State in 13th. The 2020-2021 preseason coaches poll was rounded out by Lincoln.
2020-2021 MIAA Women's Basketball Coaches Preseason Poll
1. Emporia State (4) - 153 points
2. Nebraska Kearney (6) - 146 points
3. Central Missouri (3) - 143 points
4. Pittsburg State - 140 points
5. Fort Hays State (1) - 125 points
6. Missouri Western - 109 points
7. Central Oklahoma - 104 points
8. Washburn - 79 points
9. Northwest Missouri - 76 points
10. Missouri Southern - 65 points
11. Newman - 55 points
12. Northeastern State - 37 points
13. Rogers State - 28 points
14. Lincoln - 14 points
*Coaches Cannot Vote For Their Own Team