Raiders ranked 19th

ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon University women's basketball team is ranked 19th in the preseason NAIA Top 25 poll released Monday.

The Raiders, fresh off last year's Cascade Conference title run and NAIA national tournament berth, are the lone Cascade Conference team in the Top 25.

The College of Idaho and Oregon Tech both received votes.

SOU went 29-5 last year and was picked to win the Cascade Conference this year.

The Raiders open up the 2008-09 season Saturday at 7 p.m. when they host Pacific Union.

Southern Oregon returns four starters, including conference preseason player of the year Jacki Speer.

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