Tarleton women's basketball is ranked No. 8 in the first South Central Regional poll.

The TexAnns are 17-8 overall and in fourth place in the Lone Star Conference with an 11-6 record. The TexAnns are 15-8 this season against NCAA Division II teams and also have a 15-8 in-region record.

The Lone Star Conference makes up four of the 10 teams in the regional poll, led by Angelo State at No. 2, West Texas A&M at No. 3 and Texas A&M-Commerce at No. 10.

Lubbock Christian, who is the No. 2-ranked team in the nation, is the top seed in the South Central Region. Arkansas-Fort Smith is the other Heartland Conference representative, coming in at No. 5.

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference makes up the final four teams: Colorado State-Pueblo (4), Metro State (6), Fort Lewis (7), and Black Hills State (9).

The TexAnns have defeated four of the 10 regionally ranked teams this season, coming up with wins against Arkansas-Fort Smith, Angelo State, West Texas A&M, and Texas A&M-Commerce.

The TexAnns have qualified for seven NCAA regional tournaments, including last season where they won the Lone Star Conference tournament to earn an automatic bid into the tournament.

There will be two more polls before the 64 teams are selected to compete for a National Championship. The NCAA South Central regional tournament will consist of the tournament champions of the Lone Star, Rocky Mountain Athletic and Heartland conferences as well as five at-large teams. The top seed in the region will be the tournament host.

Tarleton has three games remaining in the regular season - all at home - starting with Texas Woman's on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Wisdom Gym.