Phoenix wire report
Having found its footing in its first season in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association, both Northeastern State squads get to match up against the preseason favorites in what shapes up as an intriguing doubleheader today at Jack Dobbins Field House.
Starting things off, the NSU women go against No. 9 Washburn at 1:30 p.m. The RiverHawks (10-5, 5-2 MIAA) have won six of their last seven, while the Lady Blues (11-2, 5-0) have won five straight and are undefeated in league play.
The Lady Blues were selected in the preseason MIAA coaches poll to finish first in the conference, while NSU was picked fourth. NSU shares third with Missouri Western, Truman and Pittsburg State, one-half game behind Central Missouri.
This will mark the second ever meeting between the two programs, with the first coming March 13, 2010, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. NSU took that matchup 56-51.
In men’s action, the RiverHawks end a three-game road stint in hosting the No. 10 team in Division II, which sports 10-3 and 3-2 marks. But at 11-4 and 4-3, NSU is anything but what the preseason polls said it would be – 14th overall. They’re 10-3 and 3-2 in the league, in a virtual tie with four other teams for fifth place, 1 1/2 games behind league leading Central Missouri
In other area games, Wiley takes on Bacone in Red River Athletic Conference action in 5:30 and 7:30 tipoffs at the Palmer Center. Bacone men are 2-12 overall and 0-9 in league play. Wiley is 11-6 and 6-4 on the men’s side, but leads the RRAC women’s race at 16-1 and 10-0. Bacone is 4-9 and 3-6.