MASON CITY - The NIACC women's basketball team is ranked No. 3 in the NJCAA Division II poll released Wednesday.
NIACC (7-2 overall) was No. 10 in the preseason poll.
Johnson County CC is ranked No. 1, Highland, Kan. is ranked No. 2 and Kirkwood is ranked no. 13.
The No. 3 ranking is the highest since the Lady Trojans were ranked No. 2 in the three December polls in the 2017-18 season.
NIACC owns a victory over No. 4 Illinois Central (95-89 in overtime). The Lady Trojans have lost to No. 1 Johnson County (82-74) and No. 2 (NJCAA Division I) Trinity Valley (78-73).
NIACC returns to action Saturday in its ICCAC opener at Southwestern. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.
NJCAA Division II poll (Dec. 4, 2018)
Johnson County, Highland, Kan., NIACC, Illinois Central, Monroe CC, Kansas City (Kan.), North Arkansas, Lincoln Land, Sinclair, Chandler-Gilbert, St. Louis, Harcum, Kirkwood, Fort Scott, Louisburg, Moraine Valley, Chesapeake.
NIACC women's 2018-19 season (7-2 overall)
NIACC 95, Illinois Central 89 (OT)
NIACC 109, Bay College 74
NIACC 111, Marshalltown CC 65
NIACC 126, RCTC 86
Trinity Valley CC 78, NIACC 73
Johnson County CC 82, NIACC 74
NIACC 120, Kalamazoo Valley CC 71
NIACC 117, Bryant & Stratton 95
NIACC 79, Northeast CC 68
NIACC's 2018-19 season in the polls
Oct. 29 - 10th
Dec. 4 - 3rd
NIACC's 2017-18 season in the polls
Feb. 21 - 13th
Feb. 13 - 13th
Feb. 6 - 15th
Jan. 30 - 16th
Jan. 23 - 10th
Jan. 17 - 7th
Jan. 9 - 10th
Dec. 19 - 2nd
Dec. 12 - 2nd
Dec. 5 - 2nd
Oct. 26 - 9th