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Top 25 Poll No. 9

February 20, 2012
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications & Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma City, Union (Tenn.), Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) and Lee (Tenn.) remain as the top four in the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The Stars claimed the top spot for the fourth-consecutive week – seventh week overall – following a 2-0 week that included victories against Rogers State (Okla.), 61-50, on Feb. 16 and at John Brown (Ark.), 56-41, on Feb. 18. Oklahoma City received all 12 first-place votes and 312 points.

For the second week in a row, Union (Tenn.) took home the No. 2 spot with 302 points, while No. 3 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (292 points) and No. 4 Lee (Tenn.) (282 points) rounded out the top four.

No. 5 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 6 Lubbock Christian each moved up one spot, while Shawnee State (Ohio) leapt two places from No. 9 to No. 7 in this week’s poll. Cumberlands (Ky.), who entered last week riding an NAIA-best 21-game win streak, dropped three positions to No. 8 following a week that saw the Patriots drop back-to-back games for the first time this season with losses at No. 17 Georgetown (Ky.), 69-57, on Feb. 16 and at Shawnee State, 71-68, on Feb. 18.

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) fell hardest among Top 25 teams, dropping from No. 8 to No. 13 following a 78-56 loss at then-No. 18 Westminster (Utah) on Feb. 18. The drop marks the first time the Warriors have been ranked outside of the top 10 this season. With the victory, the Griffins jumped two spots up to No. 16.

No. 25 Rogers State (Okla.) is the lone newcomer to the poll this week, joining the ranks for the first time since Dec. 12, while Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), losers of two straight, dropped out from 23rd.
Eleven of the 12 conferences and independents are represented this week with the Sooner Athletic Conference, Southern States Athletic Conference and Mid-South Conference all listing a week-high four programs. The Golden State Athletic Conference is next in line with three schools, while the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, TranSouth Athletic Conference and Frontier Conference each boast two representatives.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference and unaffiliated groups. The next Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll will be announced on Feb. 27.

Notes: (All information dates back to 1999 - 2000 season) This week’s No. 1 ranking gives Oklahoma City its 42nd top mention, which ranks second all-time behind Union’s (Tenn.) 53 … Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) received its first No. 1 ranking in school history with a unanimous selection in the Jan. 23 poll … Oklahoma City, Freed-Hardeman and Azusa Pacific (Calif.) are the only schools to be placed in the No. 1 position this season … Oklahoma City, Azusa Pacific, Vanguard (Calif.) and Freed-Hardeman are the only 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 (42), Vanguard (27) and Southern Nazarene (Okla.) (15) …Oklahoma City, Freed-Hardeman and Union have been listed in all 149 polls since the start of the 1999-2000 season … Vanguard has appeared in 115 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) 2011-12 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Oklahoma City (12) 25-1 312
2 3 Union (Tenn.) 27-2 302
3 2 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 24-4 292
4 4 Lee (Tenn.) 28-1 282
5 6 Westmont (Calif.) 25-2 272
6 7 Lubbock Christian (Texas) 22-4 261
7 9 Shawnee State (Ohio) 23-4 246
8 5 Cumberlands (Ky.) 23-3 242
9 10 Langston (Okla.) 25-2 229
10 11 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 25-3 225
11 12 Vanguard (Calif.) 20-5 211
12 13 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 20-6 199
13 8 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 23-4 193
14 14 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 20-7 183
15 15 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 21-7 167
16 18 Westminster (Utah) 18-7 164
17 17 Georgetown (Ky.) 19-8 157
18 16 Belhaven (Miss.) 22-6 151
19 21 Xavier (La.) 20-8 125
20 22 Shorter (Ga.) 23-5 119
21 20 Campbellsville (Ky.) 18-10 103
22 24 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 20-8 100
23 19 Loyola (La.) 21-4 99
24 25 Columbia (Mo.) 20-8 88
25 25 Rogers State (Okla.) 18-10 56
 

Others receiving votes: Avila (Mo.) 50; LSU Shreveport (La.) 48; St. Catharine (Ky.) 26; Biola (Calif.) 23; Lyon (Ark.) 19; William Woods (Mo.) 16; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 12; Talladega (Ala.) 10; Robert Morris (Ill.) 1; San Diego Christian (Calif.) 1; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); St. Gregory’s (Okla.); Montana State-Northern 1.