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Raiders leap to 12th in NAIA poll

The Southern Oregon University women's basketball team jumped six spots in this week's NAIA Division II Top 25 poll.

The Raiders were ranked 18th in the preseason poll and landed at No. 12 this week. They received one first-place vote.

Southern Oregon's leap is thanks to an 8-0 preseason mark.

The Raiders will put that unbeaten record on the line this weekend with the opening of Cascade Conference play.

Southern Oregon will host 19th-ranked Concordia (5-2) Friday night at 5:30 p.m. at McNeal Pavilion and Warner Pacific on Saturday night.

Preseason Cascade Conference favorite College of Idaho, previously ranked 12th in the preseason poll, tumbled out of the Top 25 this week after starting the season 3-3.