KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Lubbock Christian (Texas), who held the No. 1 ranking in four-straight polls from Oct. 23 to Jan. 8, returns to the top spot in the fifth regular season edition of the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Lady Chaparrals tallied five first-place votes and 275 points en route to the top billing.
Lubbock Christian boasts one of the NAIA's most prolific offenses, leading the nation in assists per game (18.6), 3-point field goal percentage (0.395), field goal percentage (0.513) and free throw percentage (0.795), while ranking second in total scoring (1,638) and scoring offense per game (86.2). Led by six individuals averaging double figure scoring, the Lady Chaparrals next face John Brown (Ark.) Thursday at 6 p.m. CST, before facing off against No. 15 Rogers State (Okla.) Saturday at 1 p.m.
Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), aided by a five-game winning streak, makes a one-spot leap to No. 2. The Lady Lions check in with four first-place votes and 270 points. In a key TranSouth Athletic Conference matchup, Freed-Hardeman hosts No. 12 Bethel (Tenn.) Thursday at 6 p.m. CST.
Falling two spots to No. 3 is Vanguard (Calif.) with 264 points. The Lions drop was due in large part to a 66-56 loss against then-No. 11 Westmont (Calif.) on Jan. 15. Conversely, the victory vaulted Westmont back into the top 10 for the first time since Dec. 11 at No. 9.
Oklahoma City, who handed top-ranked Lubbock Christian its only loss this season on Jan. 10, rides a 13-game winning streak into the week to hold strong at No. 4, while Westminster (Utah) claims the No. 5 ranking for the fourth time this season. The Stars claimed the final two first-place votes and 261 points, while Westminster received 245 points.
No. 13 Georgetown (Ky.) continues its steady climb back up the poll with an edition-best three-position jump. The Tigers have moved 10 spots over the last two weeks after falling to No. 23 on Jan. 8. The Tigers have won eight of their last nine contests and are two games behind Mid-South Conference leader No. 7 Cumberland (Tenn.) with a 7-3 record in the league.
No. 25 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) tumbled four spots, which is the largest drop within the poll. The Warhawks are 3-3 in their last six games, including two losses against unranked opponents.
Newcomer Columbia (Mo.) (No. 24) returns to the Top 25 for the first time since the Oct. 23 preseason edition. The Cougars are unbeaten (7-0) in the American Midwest Conference, including an 82-67 road victory against then-No. 16 Lyon (Ark.) on Jan. 19.
Ten of the 11 Division I women's basketball conferences and unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four squads from the Mid-South Conference: Cumberland (Tenn.), No. 10 Campbellsville (Ky.), Georgetown and No. 19 Shawnee State (Ohio).
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and unaffiliated group. The sixth regular-season Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on Jan. 29. For the complete ratings calendar, click here.
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Notes: (all information dates back to 1999-2000) Lubbock Christian (Texas) receives its fifth all-time No. 1 ranking - all coming during the 2012-13 season - which ranks fifth all-time ... Former NAIA member Union (Tenn.) leads all schools with 53 top billings, while Oklahoma City (45), Vanguard (Calif.) (28) and Southern Nazarene (Okla.) (15) are the only other programs with 10-plus No. 1 rankings ... Thirty-three different teams have received Top 25 mention this season, including a Division I-best six programs from the Mid-South Conference ... Since the start of the 1999-2000 season, only No. 4 Oklahoma City and No. 2 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) have been listed in all 159 polls ... No. 3 Vanguard has appeared in 126-consecutive polls ... Lubbock Christian, Vanguard, Freed-Hardeman, No. 5 Westminster (Utah) and No. 6 Lee (Tenn.) have been ranked in the top 10 in all six polls this season ... No. 24 Columbia (Mo.) returns to the Top 25 for the first time since Oct. 23 ... The Unaffiliated Group containing the Association of Independent Institutions and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference is the only conference/group to not have a team ranked at any time this season ... Union and Vanguard are the only programs to have spent an entire season ranked No. 1 (Union: 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11) (Vanguard: 2005-06, 2006-07).2012-13 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 5 (Jan. 22)
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2012-13 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||Lubbock Christian (Texas) (5)||18-1||275|
|2||3||Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (4)||18-1||270|
|4||4||Oklahoma City (2)||14-2||261|
|8||8||The Master’s (Calif.)||17-0||220|
|T10||10||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||18-2||198|
|15||13||Rogers State (Okla.)||15-5||151|
|19||20||Shawnee State (Ohio)||15-5||120|
|20||19||William Woods (Mo.)||15-2||115|
|21||23||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||18-1||103|
|23||22||Central Methodist (Mo.)||17-3||74|
|25||21||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||14-5||63|
Others receiving votes: LSU Shreveport (La.) 54; St. Catharine (Ky.) 53; Carroll (Mont.) 38; Robert Morris (Ill.) 31; Southern-New Orleans (La.) 11; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 3; Southern Poly (Ga.) 3