Cougars Ranked #5 in NJCAA Pre-Season Poll
The ICC women’s basketball team is ranked #5 in the pre-season NJCAA Division II poll as announced by the NJCAA on October 21. The Cougars are coming off a fantastic season having gone 32-3 a year ago, but they will have to be ready from the opening tip as they open against two Division I junior colleges in LSU-Eunice and Southwest Mississippi in the Lady Bear Classic down in Baton Rouge, LA. Things don’t get any easier for ICC as they head to Mason City to take on #9 North Iowa Area CC on November 7th and then battle with #2 Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids on November 15th. The Cougars will have to mature quickly as they return only one starter from last year’s team in All-Region guard Summer Stoewer, who led the team at 13 ppg.
As is their tradition, the Cougars’ schedule is full of tough competition as the pre-season top 25 list includes these other ICC opponents: #10 Lincoln Land, #18 South Suburban, #26 Bryant & Stratton, & #29 Lake Land. Besides the Cougars and Kirkwood, rounding out the top five are defending national champion Kansas City Kansas at #1, Pima (AZ) at #3, and Cape Fear at #4.