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By Hartsville Vidette Staff Reporter

Cumberland’s women, coming off back-to-back National Tournament appearances, are ranked 13th in the NAIA preseason basketball rankings released Wednesday.
The Lady Bulldogs were 14th in the final poll last season in which they finished with a 23-9 record.
Cumberland will open its season in the Lionbackers Classic at Freed-Hardeman this weekend. The Lady Bulldogs will take on Loyola at 2 p.m. Friday and Reinhardt at noon Saturday in Henderson.
Other TranSouth Athletic Conference teams in the opening poll are top-ranked Union, No. 7 Freed-Hardeman, No. 20 Trevecca Nazarene (coached by Mt. Juliet’s Gary VanAtta) and No. 25 Lambuth.