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USA Today/ESPN Poll Ranks Golden Suns 4th

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Arkansas Tech is ranked No. 4 in the 2011-12 preseason USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II top 25 women's basketball poll, which was released by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

The Golden Suns were ranked No. 3 in the final USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II top 25 poll of the 2010-11 season.

By earning the No. 4 spot in the 2011-12 preseason poll, Arkansas Tech has now been ranked in 30 consecutive USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II top 25 polls dating back to December 2009. The Golden Suns have been in the top 10 for 26 consecutive polls.

Defending NCAA Division II national champion Clayton State (Ga.) is ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II preseason top 25. Bentley College (Mass.) is No. 2, followed by Michigan Tech (3rd), Arkansas Tech (4th) and Delta State (5th).

Arkansas Tech was also ranked No. 4 in the 2011-12 Division II Bulletin top 25 preseason poll, which came out last month.

The Golden Suns return two starters and nine letter winners from a team that finished 30-3 overall, won the Gulf South Conference West Division championship, captured the GSC Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight by winning the NCAA Division II South Region crown.

Head coach Dave Wilbers returns this season for his fifth campaign on the Arkansas Tech bench. He has a record of 106-21 in four years with the Golden Suns.

Arkansas Tech ranks among the top three programs in NCAA Division II women's basketball history in terms of both all-time wins (849) and all-time winning percentage (.792). Tech is beginning a new era this year as a charter member of the new NCAA Division II Great American Conference.

The Golden Suns are currently scheduled to host Central Baptist College in their season opener at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, but the time and date of that game could be changed to accommodate the GAC Volleyball Tournament. Arkansas Tech will host that event at Tucker Coliseum Nov. 11-12.

Click here to view the complete USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II top 25.

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