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Top 25 - No. 2

December 12, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Oklahoma City was unanimously selected as the No. 1 team in the second edition of the 2011 - 12 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The 7-0 Stars occupy the top spot for the second time in as many weeks thanks to 11 first-place votes for 281 points.

Union (Tenn.) remained in the No. 2 spot for the third-straight poll with 272 points. The remainder of the top five shuffled in rank as then-No. 3 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) was handed back-to-back losses. Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) jumped up to third with 263 points, followed by No. 4 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) with 252 points and No. 5 Westmont (Calif.) with 243 points.

Campbellsville (Ky.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) were the victors over the defending national champion Cougars at the Citizens Bank and Trust Holiday Hoops Classic held over the weekend and were rewarded by moving up the poll. The Lady Tigers improved from 14th to 12th, while the Blue Raiders slid from 25th to 22nd. Azusa Pacific plummeted eight spots, the most suffered by any team among the Top 25, to No. 11.

Lindsey Wilson's three-spot jump was matched by No. 10 Saint Xavier (Ill.) as the best moves up in the poll. Ninth-ranked Lee (Tenn.) No. 18 Shorter (Ga.) and No. 24 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) all maintained their previous rank.

Checking in at No. 25, Rogers State (Okla.) returns to the poll after being unlisted in the first regular-season edition. The Hillcats replace Belhaven (Miss.), who occupied the No. 23 spot a week ago.

Ten of the 12 Division I women's basketball conferences and independents are represented throughout the Top 25, led by five squads from the Mid-South Conference: No. 6 Shawnee State (Ohio), Campbellsville, No. 14 Cumberlands (Ky.), No. 20 Georgetown (Ky.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.). The Sooner Athletic Conference boasted four ranked squads.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. The next regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on Jan. 9.

Notes: (All information dates back to 1999 - 2000 season) Oklahoma City earned its 37th No. 1-ranking, which ranks second all-time behind Union's (Tenn.) 53 ... Oklahoma City joins Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and Vanguard (Calif.) as the only other teams that have owned the No. 1 spot in the last five years outside of Union's 48- reign on top that lasted from Oct. 31, 2007 - March 9, 2011 ... Four programs have topped the poll 10-or more times: Union (53), Oklahoma City (37), Vanguard (27) and Southern Nazarene (Okla.) (15) ... There have been six preseason No. 1s that have gone on to win the national championship with the last happening in 2010 ... Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), Oklahoma City and Union have been listed in all 143 polls since the start of the 1999 - 2000 season ... Vanguard has appeared in 109-consecutive polls ... Union and Vanguard are the only programs that have spent an entire season ranked No. 1 (Union: 2007 - 08, 2008 - 09, 2009 - 10, 2010 - 11) (Vanguard: 2005 - 06, 2006 - 07).

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2011 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Oklahoma City (11) 7-0 281
2 2 Union (Tenn.) 11-1 272
3 4 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 9-2 263
4 5 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 9-1 252
5 6 Westmont (Calif.) 10-1 243
6 7 Shawnee State (Ohio) 10-2 233
7 8 Langston (Okla.) 9-0 226
8 10 Vanguard (Calif.) 6-1 215
9 9 Lee (Tenn.) 9-1 207
10 13 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 9-2 195
11 3 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 5-3 192
12 14 Campbellsville (Ky.) 9-3 188
13 11 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 10-2 170
14 15 Cumberlands (Ky.) 10-1 169
15 16 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 6-3 156
16 17 Xavier (La.) 7-3 143
17 19 Lubbock Christian (Texas) 6-3 136
18 18 Shorter (Ga.) 9-1 128
19 12 Bethel (Tenn.) 6-4 112
20 21 Georgetown (Ky.) 10-3 102
21 22 Robert Morris (Ill.) 9-1 100
22 25 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 8-3 89
23 20 Columbia (Mo.) 8-4 86
24 24 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 10-2 68
25 RV Rogers State (Okla.) 9-3 52

Others receiving votes: William Woods (Mo.) 46; Biola (Calif.) 39; Loyola (La.) 32; Avila (Mo.) 22; Belhaven (Miss.) 19; LSU Shreveport (La.) 12; Lyon (Ark.) 6; Park (Mo.) 5; Westminster (Utah) 4; Benedictine (Kan.) 3; St. Gregory's (Okla.) 3; Montana Western 1; The Master's (Calif.) 1; St. Francis (Ill.) 1; St. Catharine (Ky.) 1.