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Top 25 Poll No. 9

February 13, 2012
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By Jake Knabel, NAIA Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second-straight week, nine first-place votes were enough to land Indiana Wesleyan on top of poll with the release of the ninth regular-season edition of the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The Wildcats received the same total of 370 points as they did one week ago, placing them at No. 1 for nine-consecutive polls. With its 60-53 victory over then-No. 12 Bethel (Ind.) on Saturday, Indiana Wesleyan clinched its eighth regular-season Mid-Central College Conference (MCC) title in the last 11 seasons.

No. 2 Concordia (Neb.) took the remaining five first-place votes for the second week in-a-row and earned 366 points. The Bulldogs’ lead the Great Plains Athletic Conference with a 16-2 league mark and extended their win streak to 13 with three more victories last week. College of the Ozarks (Mo.), who boasts a 15-game winning streak, moved up one spot to No. 3 with 348 points. Fourth-ranked Morningside (Iowa) and fifth-ranked Concordia (Mich.) also climbed one spot with 332 and 327 points, respectively.

No. 17 Friends (Kan.), who has improved its position in each of the last three polls, made the largest leap this week among ranked squads, jumping three slots. The Lady Falcons received a boost thanks to six-straight wins, including one over then-No. 14 Southwestern (Kan.) on Feb. 2, and a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference-leading mark of 16-2. Moving in the opposite direction, No. 21 Southwestern fell hardest among Top 25 teams, moving back four spots after suffering a loss to Kansas Wesleyan last week.

Three teams are new to the poll this week: No. 23 College of Idaho, No. 24 Grace (Ind.) and No. 25 Union (Ky.). Union has been tabbed as high as 18th this season, while Grace reached its zenith at No. 16 on Jan. 9. Meanwhile, College of Idaho is ranked for the first time since Oct. 25, 2010. Eastern Oregon (No. 15), Saint Francis (Ind.) (No. 24), Cornerstone (Mich.) (t-No. 25) and Marian (Ind.) (t-No. 25) dropped from the poll.

Twelve of the 14 Division II women's basketball conferences and independents are represented throughout the Top 25. The Great Plains Athletic Conference again placed the most teams of any league in the poll with five: Concordia, Morningside, No. 7 Northwestern (Iowa), No. 11 Briar Cliff (Iowa) and No. 18 Hastings (Neb.). The MCC was second with three ranked teams: Indiana Wesleyan, Bethel and Grace.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. The next poll will be announced on Feb. 20.

Notes: (All information as of the 1999 – 2000 season) Indiana Wesleyan has now appeared at the top of the poll on 23 occasions, four more than Morningside (Iowa) for the most No. 1 rankings all-time … Davenport (Mich.) and Hastings (Neb.) are tied for the next most with 13 No. 1 rankings apiece, followed by Saint Francis (Ind.) who has made a dozen No. 1 appearances … There have been 14 different teams to garner the No. 1 ranking all-time … Indiana Wesleyan, Davenport and Northwestern (Iowa) are the only three squads to top at least one poll this season … Three schools have spent an entire season at No. 1: Morningside in 2008-09, College of the Ozarks (Mo.) in 2007-08 and Saint Francis in 1999-2000 … In the last 12 years, five teams that have been rated No. 1 in the preseason have gone on to win the national championship with the last being Northwestern in 2011 … A total of 41 schools have appeared in the Top 25 at least once this season … Indiana Wesleyan has been a unanimous No. 1 in six of its nine top rankings this season … Concordia (Neb.), who has received five first-place votes in each of the last two polls, is trying to get back to the top spot for the first time since March 4, 2003 … No. 3 College of the Ozarks, No. 12 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) and Indiana Northwest (receiving votes) are tied for the nation’s longest active winning streak at 15.

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Indiana Wesleyan (9) 26-2 370
2 2 Concordia (Neb.) (5) 26-2 366
3 4 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 24-3 348
4 5 Morningside (Iowa) 22-6 332
5 6 Concordia (Mich.) 24-4 327
6 3 Davenport (Mich.) 24-4 308
7 8 Jamestown (N.D.) 24-3 295
7 7 Northwestern (Iowa) 20-6 295
9 8 Grand View (Iowa) 23-5 290
10 10 Corban (Ore.) 19-6 244
11 11 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 20-8 240
12 14 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 23-5 235
13 13 Mount Mercy (Iowa) 21-7 228
14 16 St. Thomas (Fla.) 20-5 214
15 12 Bethel (Ind.) 19-8 197
16 18 Tennessee Wesleyan 20-7 191
17 20 Friends (Kan.) 20-8 174
18 19 Hastings (Neb.) 19-8 160
19 21 Ave Maria (Fla.) 23-4 144
20 22 Saint Mary (Neb.) 20-7 125
21 17 Southwestern (Kan.) 19-7 122
22 23 Point Park (Pa.) 20-5 110
23 RV College of Idaho 17-8 106
24 RV Grace (Ind.) 18-10 97
25 RV Union (Ky.) 20-7 87

Others receiving votes: Warner Pacific (Ore.) 61; Cornerstone (Mich.) 45; Marian (Ind.) 42; Indiana Southeast 28; Eastern Oregon 25; Daemen (N.Y.) 24; Iowa Wesleyan 21; Montreat (N.C.) 18; Siena Heights (Mich.) 17; Huntington (Ind.) 14; Saint Francis (Ind.) 3; Northwestern Ohio 1; Indiana Northwest 1; Sterling (Kan.) 1; Virginia Intermont 1; Bluefield (Va.) 1; Taylor (Ind.) 1; Purdue Calumet (Ind.) 1; Mount Marty (S.D.) 1; Kansas Wesleyan 1; Asbury (Ky.) 1.