Broncos Earn Votes in Poll

The Western Michigan University women's basketball team hot start to the new season has not gone unnoticed.

WMU has started the 2002-03 season 2-0 with wins over Illinois State (100-79) and Cleveland State (93-78) Saturday (Nov. 23) and Sunday (Nov. 24), respectively, at University Arena. The 2-0 start is the program's best since the 1993-94 team opened the year with wins over Northeastern Illinois and Northern Iowa.

The Broncos' strong play earned them four votes in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Top 25 Poll released Tuesday (Nov. 26), marking the second time during head coach Ron Stewart's tenure that Western Michigan received votes in a national poll.

"Being in the receiving votes category is a real compliment to what this group has done early on," Stewart said. "The schedule will challenge us, but if we continue to do things the way we do in practice, we'll be competitive."

Western Michigan's schedule will pit them against three teams currently ranked among the top 15 in the nation in No. 2 Kansas State (4-0), No. 6 Purdue (2-0) and No. 12 North Carolina (2-0). WMU visits KSU Dec. 20 in Manhattan, Kan., and faces the Boilermakers Dec. 29 on the road. The Broncos host UNC Jan. 23.

"I'm pleased but I'm not losing sight of where we are and where we need to go," Stewart said. "The poll is a compliment but it motivates us to work harder and continue to go that way."

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