(ESU) The Emporia State womens basketball team is receiving some pre-season recognition , They are ranked 9th in the Womens Division II Bulletion pre-season poll. Bently is ranked number 1, Central Missouri is ranked #4. The defending MIAA Tournament Champions return three of five starters including leading scorer Laura Patrick and leading rebounder Merissa Quick. The Lady Hornets won the MIAA Tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 last season. This is the 17th straight season Emporia State has made an appearance in the national rankings.