PITTSBURG, Kan. - RELEASE FROM PITTSBURG STATE ATHLETICS:
The Pittsburg State University women's basketball team was picked third in the 2019-20 MIAA Preseason Media Poll and fourth in the MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll released today (Oct. 9).
The Gorillas received 227 points in the media poll to place behind preseason MIAA favorite Fort Hays State and Central Missouri.
The Tigers, the defending MAA Champion, received 14 first place votes and 271 points in the media poll. UCM received four first place votes and 263 points to earn the No. 2 spot. Washburn (217) and Emporia State (213) rounded out the top five spots in the media poll.
In the coaches poll, Pitt State received 131 points to finish fourth. FHSU was ranked No. 1 with 10 first-place votes and 166 points. UCM was second with four first-place votes and 160 points, followed by WU (134) at No. 3.
The Gorillas return four starters and 10 letterwinners from a 2018-19 squad that posted a 21-9 overall record (13-6 MIAA) and qualified for the NCAA Division II National Tournament.
Junior guard Maya Williams averaged a team-leading 11.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game a year ago, while senior forward Athena Alavarado contributed 10.6 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game. Sophomore Kaylee DaMitz, the 2018-19 MIAA Freshman of the Year, chipped in with 8.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.
Head coach Amanda Davied enters her second year leading her alma mater after serving as an assistant coach for 14 seasons.
1. Fort Hays State (10) - 166 points
2. Central Missouri (4) - 160 points
3. Washburn - 134 points
4. Pittsburg State - 131 points
5. Emporia State - 130 points
6. Nebraska Kearney - 100 points
7. Central Oklahoma - 97 points
8. Newman - 83 points
9. Missouri Southern - 67 points
10. Northwest Missouri - 64 points
11. Missouri Western - 62 points
12. Northeastern State - 37 points
13. Rogers State - 25 points
14. Lincoln - 17 points
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