Send this article to a friend Print RSS

Top 25 Poll - No. 4

January 16, 2012
Article Image
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Freed-Hardeman entered last week as the No. 2-rated team in the TranSouth Athletic Conference but finds itself No. 1 overall in the fourth regular-season edition of the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. Last week’s top-ranked squad, Oklahoma City, fell hard at home to then-No. 12 Lubbock Christian (Texas), 88-66 on Jan. 12, opening the door for a new No. 1. The Lady Lions top this week’s poll with 11 of 12 first-place votes and 312 points.

Oklahoma City drops back only one spot to No. 2 with one first-place nod and 299 points after the upset loss to the Lady Chaparrals marked the Star’s first setback of the season. No. 3 Union (Tenn.) also moves down a spot with 293 points. The Lady Bulldogs had their opportunity to rise to No. 1 this week as they traveled to Freed-Hardeman for the NAIA Game of the Week on Jan. 14 and fell, 66-54. Nos. 4 and 5 remain the same with Westmont (Calif.) and Langston (Okla.) earning 278 and 273 points, respectively.

The three-spot improvements of No. 9 Lubbock Christian and No. 21 Westminster (Utah) tie for the largest jumps up in the poll among ranked teams. The Lady Chaparrals have won 10-straight games, highlighted by the road win over previously-No. 1 Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, Westminster has breezed through Frontier Conference play with a 4-0 league mark. The biggest falls within the top 25 were experienced by No. 12 Shawnee State (Ohio) and No. 18 Georgetown (Ky.), who each plummeted three slots. It marks the second week in-a-row that Shawnee State has spiraled back three places.

Shorter (Ga.), No. 21 a week ago, and Lyon (Ark.), No. 25 last week, are the only two teams to drop from the rankings. Replacing them are No. 23 Loyola (La.) and No. 24 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.). Loyola boasts reigning Player of the Week and NAIA scoring leader Keiva Council (24.1 ppg) and seven-straight victories, including an impressive 67-64 win over then-No. 10 Xavier (La.) on Dec. 17. MidAmerica Nazarene has also won seven straight and sits in first place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

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. 8 Cumberlands (Ky.), Shawnee State, Georgetown, No. 17 Campbellsville (Ky.) and No. 20 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.). The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the Golden State Athletic Conference, the Sooner Athletic Conference and the Southern States Athletic Conference are all tied for second with three ranked members.

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. 23.

Notes: (All information dates back to 1999 - 2000 season) Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) is ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history … Freed-Hardeman is the third team to be placed in the top spot this season along with Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and Oklahoma City … Last week’s No. 1 ranking gave Oklahoma City its 38th top mention, which ranks second all-time behind Union's (Tenn.) 53 ... Freed-Hardeman joins Oklahoma City, Azusa Pacific and Vanguard (Calif.) as the only other teams that have owned the No. 1 spot in the last five years outside of Union's run of 48-straight No. 1 appearances from Oct. 31, 2007 - March 9, 2011 ... Four programs have topped the poll 10-or more total times: Union (53), Oklahoma City (38), 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 145 polls since the start of the 1999 - 2000 season ... Vanguard has appeared in 111-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) RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 3 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (11) 15-2 312
2 1 Oklahoma City (1) 15-1 299
3 2 Union (Tenn.) 16-2 293
4 4 Westmont (Calif.) 16-1 278
5 5 Langston (Okla.) 16-0 273
6 7 Lee (Tenn.) 16-1 257
7 6 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 17-2 256
8 8 Cumberlands (Ky.) 16-1 244
9 12 Lubbock Christian (Texas) 12-3 225
10 10 Vanguard (Calif.) 11-3 218
11 10 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 13-4 215
12 9 Shawnee State (Ohio) 14-4 212
13 13 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 11-5 189
14 14 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 14-3 181
15 16 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 13-4 174
16 17 Xavier (La.) 14-5 161
17 18 Campbellsville (Ky.) 13-6 149
18 15 Georgetown (Ky.) 12-6 136
18 19 Belhaven (Miss.) 14-5 136
20 20 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 14-5 114
21 24 Westminster (Utah) 11-6 106
22 23 Robert Morris (Ill.) 12-3 95
23 RV Loyola (La.) 14-1 87
24 RV MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 13-5 81
25 22 William Woods (Mo.) 11-5 73

Others receiving votes: Lyon (Ark.) 71; Shorter (Ga.) 63; Columbia (Mo.) 26; Rogers State (Okla.) 26; LSU Shreveport (La.) 13; Avila (Mo.) 10; Rio Grande (Ohio) 4; Park (Mo.) 3; Montana Western 3; Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 1; Oklahoma Baptist 1; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 1; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 1; St. Catharine (Ky.) 1.