Three-time defending South Central Region champion Midwestern State is picked to
finish second for the second-straight season in the Lone Star Conference
Preseason Poll voted by a panel of coaches, media relations directors and
The Mustangs return five letter winners off of last season's 29-4 squad which advanced to the NCAA II Elite Eight for the third straight season before succumbing to eventual national champion Western Washington in the national quarterfinal round.
MSU claimed its fourth Lone Star Conference title in the last six seasons finishing deadlocked with Tarleton State by carrying a 15-3 regular season league mark before rolling to a 57-51 win over the Texans in the LSC Postseason Tournament title game.
Tarleton, however, is the narrow favorite of the voters in 2012-13 edging the Mustangs by a 269-262 margin as both teams topped the ballots of 12 voters.
West Texas A&M claimed four first-place votes as the Buffs were picked third with 246 points followed by Incarnate Word (166), Cameron (139), Texas A&M-Kingsville (130), Abilene Christian (112), Angelo State (95, one first-place vote), Texas A&M-Commerce (91) and Eastern New Mexico (85).
A strong season is expected from the Midwestern State Mustangs in 2012-13 as MSU
was tabbed third in the annual Lone Star Conference Women's Basketball Preseason
Poll released today by the league.
Midwestern, who returns eight players from last year's 19-8 squad that finished fourth in the LSC at 15-5, received 262 total points and a first-place ballot in the poll of conference head coaches, sports information directors and media members.
Defending LSC and Tournament Champion Tarleton State (23-9, 17-3 LSC) was the overwhelming favorite with 20 of 31 first-place ballots and 323 points. West Texas A&M recorded seven first-place votes with 303 points, while Angelo State followed the Mustangs with 212 points and a pair of first-place votes.
Incarnate Word (211 points) was chosen fifth, followed by Texas Woman's (176), Abilene Christian (170 and a first-place nod), and Cameron (157). Texas A&M-Kingsville (98), Eastern New Mexico (93) and Texas A&M-Commerce (41) rounded out the poll.
It's the highest position in the preseason poll for Midwestern in a decade, when MSU was tabbed to win the LSC South in 2002-03.
Abilene Christian's Mackenzie Lankford was honored as the LSC Preseason Player of the Year.