KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Lubbock Christian (Texas) continues its reign at No. 1 with its sixth top-billing of the season in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Lady Chaparrals received six first-place votes and 276 points in the sixth regular season edition of the poll.
Lubbock Christian, whose 20 victories are tied for the lead in Division I, has won four-straight. Most recently, the Lady Chaparrals knocked off then-No. 15 Rogers State (Okla.), 100-78, on Jan. 26. Lubbock Christian's dominate offense continues to roll along, ranking in the top three nationally in assists per game (18.8), 3-point field goal percentage (0.403), field goal percentage (0.518), free throw percentage (0.802), total scoring offense (1,812), scoring offense per game (86.3) and scoring margin (24.6). The Lady Chaparrals square off against Mid-America Christian (Okla.) on Thursday, before attempting to avenge their early-season loss at No. 3 Oklahoma City on Saturday.
No. 2 Freed-Hardeman has been ranked in the top three all season and continues that trend with three first-place votes and 270 points. The Lady Lions improved to 4-1 against ranked opponents with a 72-48 victory against then-No. 12 Bethel (Tenn.) on Jan. 24 in the NAIA Women's Basketball Game of the Week. With the loss, Bethel fell one spot to No. 13 this week.
Oklahoma City receives the No. 3 ranking with two first-place votes and 262 points to continue its steady climb up the poll. The defending national champion Stars lead the Sooner Athletic Conference with an 8-0 record and boast the NAIA's longest active win streak at 15 games. Oklahoma City's last loss came against NCAA Division II Northeastern State (Okla.), 66-52, on Nov. 10.
Dropping one spot despite two victories last week is No. 4 Vanguard (Calif.). The Lions, who claimed 261 points, downed Concordia (Calif.), 77-57, on Jan. 22 and Hope International (Calif.), 65-60, on Jan. 26 to improve to 14-1. Vanguard takes the court tonight against No. 9 The Master's (Calif.) at 5:30 p.m. PST. The Master's, who was the last remaining unbeaten team in NAIA women's basketball, fell one-spot after losing 68-57 to then-No. 9 Westmont (Calif.) - now No. 8 - on Jan. 22.
Holding at No. 5 is Westminster (Utah). The Griffins have won 11-straight since falling at Vanguard, 73-51, on Dec. 8. This week, Westminster hosts Rocky Mountain (Mont.) on Thursday and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) on Saturday.
No. 18 Columbia (Mo.) boasts the largest positive movement of six positions within the Top 25. The Cougars lead the American Midwest Conference with a 9-0 record, which includes an 85-64 win against then-No. 20 William Woods (Mo.) on Jan. 26. The rating is the highest of the season for Columbia, who rejoined the Top 25 last week for the first time since the preseason poll on Oct. 23.
No. 19 Shawnee State (Ohio) and No. 23 William Woods each tumble three spots, which is the largest drop within the poll. The Bears have lost three of their last five - all against ranked teams - while the Owls are looking to rebound from the previously mentioned loss at Columbia.
No. 25 Carroll (Mont.) is the lone newcomer to the poll. The Saints replace Central Methodist (Mo.) (No. 23) and are ranked for the second time this season.
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: No. 6 Cumberland (Tenn.), No. 11 Campbellsville (Ky.), No. 12 Georgetown (Ky.) and Shawnee State.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and unaffiliated group. The seventh regular-season Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on Feb. 5. For the complete ratings calendar, click here.
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Notes: (all information dates back to 1999-2000) Lubbock Christian (Texas) receives its sixth 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. 3 Oklahoma City and No. 2 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) have been listed in all 160 polls ... No. 3 Vanguard has appeared in 127-consecutive polls ... Lubbock Christian, Vanguard, Freed-Hardeman, No. 5 Westminster (Utah) and No. 7 Lee (Tenn.) have been ranked in the top 10 in all seven polls this season ... No. 25 Carroll (Mont.) returns to the Top 25 for the first time since Dec. 4 ... 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. 6 (Jan. 29)
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2012-13 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Lubbock Christian (Texas) (6)||20-1||276|
|2||2||Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (3)||20-1||270|
|3||4||Oklahoma City (2)||16-2||262|
|9||8||The Master’s (Calif.)||19-1||201|
|10||10||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||20-2||200|
|16||15||Rogers State (Okla.)||16-6||145|
|21||21||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||19-1||109|
|22||19||Shawnee State (Ohio)||16-6||100|
|23||20||William Woods (Mo.)||16-3||83|
|24||25||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||16-5||75|
Others receiving votes: Central Methodist (Mo.) 51; LSU Shreveport (La.) 49; Southern Poly (Ga.) 30; St. Catharine (Ky.) 29; Robert Morris (Ill.) 23; Southern-New Orleans (La.) 14.