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Top 25 Poll - No. 1

November 28, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Indiana Wesleyan was voted as the unanimous No. 1 pick in the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The Wildcats, who gathered 374 points, replace two-time defending national champion Northwestern (Iowa) in the top spot. Indiana Wesleyan last enjoyed the No. 1 ranking for the entire regular season in 2006-07.

No. 2 Briar Cliff (Iowa) climbed up the latter three spots from the Preseason Top 25 and finished with 352 total points. Ozarks (Mo.) enjoyed the same improvement sliding up to the third position with 351 points. Rounding out the top five is No. 4 Concordia (Mich.) and No. 5 Hastings (Neb.).

Hastings is one of six programs freshly ranked compared to the Preseason Top 25. No. 15 Indiana Tech, No. 19 Jamestown (N.D.), No. 21 Saint Mary (Neb.), No. 22 Montreat (N.C.) and No. 23 St. Thomas (Fla.) join Hastings as the newcomers.

Six teams have yet to be hit with a loss, including the No. 1-ranked Wildcats. Five of these clubs are ranked in the top 10. Jamestown holds the most wins in the NAIA with a 10-1 record.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. The second regular-season poll will be announced on Dec. 5.

Notes: (All information as of the 1999-2000 season) Preseason No. 1 Northwestern (Iowa) fell out of the poll after stumbling to a 4-4 record… No. 7 Davenport (Mich.) falls out of the top five for the first time since Oct. 27, 2008 (No. 15)… No. 16 Kansas Wesleyan has suffered the most losses in the Top 25 with a 4-4 record.

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2011 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 3 Indiana Wesleyan (14) 8-0 374
2 5 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 8-1 352
3 6 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 6-0 351
4 8 Concordia (Mich.) 8-0 336
5 NR Hastings (Neb.) 7-0 328
6 20 Grand View (Iowa) 7-2 310
7 11 Davenport (Mich.) 5-1 295
8 9 Tennessee Wesleyan 4-3 278
9 22 Concordia (Neb.) 7-0 273
10 13 Huntington (Ind.) 4-2 262
11 10 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 3-2 255
12 16 Corban (Ore.) 4-2 231
13 2 Morningside (Iowa) 5-3 223
14 7 Saint Francis (Ind.) 5-3 201
15 RV Indiana Tech 6-1 191
16 4 Kansas Wesleyan 4-4 172
17 23 Eastern Oregon 7-1 165
18 15 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 6-3 159
19 NR Jamestown (N.D.) 10-1 141
20 24 Grace (Ind.) 7-2 121
21 RV Saint Mary (Neb.) 9-3 114
22 RV Montreat (N.C.) 5-2 98
23 RV St. Thomas (Fla.) 5-1 95
24 17 Sterling (Kan.) 3-2 91
25 RV Daemen (N.Y.) 7-0 85

Others receiving votes: Indiana Southeast 84; Northwestern (Iowa) 81; Bethel (Ind.) 55; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 37;  Taylor (Ind.) 34; Southwestern (Kan.) 29; Cornerstone (Mich.) 21; Warner Pacific (Ore.) 21; Union (Ky.) 18; Purdue Calumet (Ind.) 13; Ave Maria (Fla.) 12; Southern Oregon 10; Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) 7; Milligan (Tenn.) 6; Mount Marty (S.D.) 1; Cal State San Marcos 1; Marian (Ind.) 1.