The Black Hills State University women's basketball team earned some added preseason recognition this week when it received votes in the USA TODAY Sports Preseason Women's Basketball Division II Coaches' Poll.
BHSU, which finished second in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament last season, was also ranked second in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll. In the WCBA poll, the Yellow Jackets received three votes, which, if you’re counting, is good for 68th place.
West Texas A&M University leads the preseason poll with 704 total points. Defending RMAC champion Colorado Mesa, which finished fourth in last year’s final ranking, is currently ranked in eighth place. Northern State was ranked tied for 25th place, while Montana State-Billings was ranked 28th.
In the men’s poll — the National Association of Basketball Coaches/Division II Preseason Men's Basketball Top 25 (NABC), West Liberty, WV, leads the way with 385 points.
The RMAC was represented by Metro State, which is ranked third with 361 points and Colorado-Colorado Springs in 18th with 105 points. Metro State was second in the NCAA Division II tournament in 2013 and reached the semifinals last season before falling to eventual national champion Central Missouri.
Augustana College was ranked 39th with 11 votes.
• The college basketball season is just around the corner, if not here, for the local Division II teams.
The Black Hills State men will open the season on Nov. 14 with an exhibition game at Northern Colorado (Greeley), before the regular-season opener at home on Nov. 17 against rival South Dakota School of Mines.
The Lady Yellow Jackets will go straight to the regular season on Nov. 18 in Rapid City against Mines.
The Hardrockers got a taste of game action last week with exhibitions at South Dakota State. Both Mines teams will open their home slate next week, as the Hardrockers host Minot State on Nov. 14 and the University of Mary on Nov. 15. The Lady Hardrockers will host St. Cloud State twice — yes twice — on Nov. 14-15.