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Wayne State Picked Third In NSIC Women's Basketball Preseason

Posted: 23 October, 2013

WAYNE - The Wayne State College women’s basketball team was picked to finish third overall and third in the South Division in the 2013 Northern Sun Conference Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll released by the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota Wednesday afternoon.  Wildcat junior forward Jordan Spencer was listed as the Player to Watch from Wayne State in the league this season.
Defending NSIC regular season champion Concordia-St. Paul was picked as the preseason favorite in the league receiving 217 points and 10 first place votes. NCAA qualifier Minnesota State was a close second with 214 points and five first place votes while Wayne State came in third with 176 points. NSIC Sanford Health Tournament Champion Augustana was fourth with 175 points and the remaining first place vote followed by St. Cloud State in fifth with 162 points.
Minnesota Duluth was sixth at 134 points followed by MSU Moorhead (131), Winona State (121), Northern State (120) and University of Mary (115) concluding the top 10. Rounding out the Coaches Poll were Sioux Falls (107), Minot State (95), Upper Iowa (49), Bemidji State (45), Minnesota Crookston (37) and Southwest Minnesota State (22).
Wildcat junior Jordan Spencer was selected as Wayne State’s player to watch in the NSIC this season. The 5’11” forward from Millard West was a First Team All-NSIC selection last season after leading the 17-10 Wildcats in scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg).  Spencer ranked seventh in the NSIC in scoring, 13th in field goal percentage and 19th in rebounds per game.  She had five double-doubles last season and scored a career-high 27 points at Minnesota Crookston on January 11, 2013.  Last season, Spencer shot 47. 5 percent from the field (160-337) and 71.7 percent from the free throw line (99-138).  Spencer also excelled in the classroom and was one of six Wildcat players named to the NSIC Winter All-Academic Team.
Wayne State College returns five starters and nine letter winners from last year’s team that was 17-10 overall and 13-9 in the NSIC. The Wildcats play one exhibition game before opening the regular season, traveling to Iowa State for a 12 p.m. contest on Sunday, November 3rd.  Wayne State opens the regular season on Saturday, November 9th hosting Peru State in a 7 p.m. game at Rice Auditorium.

2013 Preseason NSIC Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll               
1.     Concordia-St. Paul (10)                     217
2.     Minnesota State (5)                             214
3.     Wayne State                                        176
4.     Augustana (1)                                      175
5.     St. Cloud State                                     162
6.     Minnesota Duluth                                134
7.     MSU Moorhead                                   131
8.     Winona State                                        121
9.     Northern State                                      120
10.   University of Mary                               115
11.   Sioux Falls                                            107
12.   Minot State                                            95
13.  Upper Iowa                                           49
14.   Bemidji State                                        45
15.   Minnesota Crookston                         37
16.   Southwest Minnesota State               22  

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