MASON CITY - The NIACC women's basketball team is ranked 10th in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll released Monday.
NIACC was 26-7 overall and 11-3 in the ICCAC in the 2017-18 season and returns one sophomore in Tahya Campbell. The Lady Trojans advanced to their fifth straight NJCAA Region XI title game last season.
Monroe CC is ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll. Kirkwood is ranked No. 2 and Illinois Central is ranked seventh.
NIACC opens the 2018-19 regular season at home Friday against Illinois Central at the Konigsmark Klassic. Game time is slated for 6 p.m.
The Lady Trojans were ranked ninth in last season's preseason poll and were ranked as high as second in the 2017-18 season.
NJCAA Division II preseason rankings
Monroe CC, Kirkwood, Highland (Kan.), Mesa, Johnson County, St. Louis, Illinois Central, North Arkansas, Kansas City (Kan.), NIACC, Cape Fear, Union County, Labette, Pima, Sinclair, Catawba Valley, Lake Land, Parkland, Cecil, Bryant & Stratton (Wis.)
NIACC's 2017-18 season in the polls
Feb. 27 - 12th
Feb. 21 - 13th
Feb. 13 - 13th
Feb. 6 - 15th
Jan. 30 - 16th
Jan. 23 - 10th
Jan. 17 - 7th
Jan. 9 - 10th
Dec. 19 - 2nd
Dec. 12 - 2nd
Dec. 5 - 2nd
Oct. 26 - 9th