Special to The Hays Daily News

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Emporia State women's basketball team has been picked to win the MIAA after winning the MIAA Tournament Championship in 2014. The Hornets got five first place votes, as did Pittsburg State who came in just seven points behind them in the poll of the league's coaches.

Washburn earned three first place votes and has been picked to finish third in the league coming in just four points in the poll ahead of Fort Hays State who also received a first place vote. Central Missouri has been picked to finish fifth this season after claiming the regular season title in 2014.

Missouri Southern has been picked to finish sixth in the poll ahead of Lindenwood who is picked to finish seventh. The Lions come in just two points ahead of Northeastern State who was selected to finished eighth. Just nine points behind that is Northwest Missouri who is picked to finish ninth.

Central Oklahoma received 66 points in the poll and are picked to finish 10th while Missouri Western comes in just six points behind them in the 11th spot. Southwest Baptist has been picked to finish 12th with Nebraska-Kearney picked to finish in 13th place. Lincoln has been picked to finish 14th by the league's coaches.

The regular season begins in early November with league contests getting underway Dec. 3-4.  

2014-15 MIAA Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Emporia State (5)         160

2. Pittsburg State (5)       153

3. Washburn (3)                     142

4. Fort Hays State (1)     138

5. Central Missouri             127

6. Missouri Southern           94

7. Lindenwood                             85

8. Northeastern State         83

9. Northwest Missouri         74

10. Central Oklahoma         66

11. Missouri Western           60

12. Southwest Baptist         44

13. Nebraska-Kearney         30

14. Lincoln                                         18