2012-13 NAIA DII Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Concordia (Neb.) has claimed the top spot in the 2012-13 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25, the national office announced Tuesday. Concordia collected 11-of-13 first place votes and 342 points for its first No. 1 ranking since the final poll on March 4, 2003 and its tenth overall No. 1 ranking.
Defending national champion Northwestern (Iowa) comes in at No. 2 as it tallied 328 points. Receiving the last two first-place votes was No. 3 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) with 323 points. Indiana Wesleyan comes in at No. 4 notching 314 points, while Morningside (Iowa) rounds out the top five collecting 293 points.
Five teams, who were not in the 201-12 Division II Women's Basketball Postseason Top 25 - No. 6 Saint Xavier (Ill.), No. 13 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), No. 22 Taylor (Ind.), No. 23 Saint Mary (Neb.) and No. 25 Saint Francis (Ind.)- join the poll. Saint Xavier and Olivet Nazarene were NAIA Division I members last season.
Eleven of the 13 Division II women's basketball conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) with five ranked teams. Representing the GPAC is Concordia, Northwestern, Morningside, No. 8 Briar Cliff (Iowa) and No. 18 Hastings (Neb.).
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Independents. The first regular-season poll will be announced on Nov. 27.
Notes: (All information as of the 1999 - 2000 season) Despite holding more national titles than any other school, Northwestern's (Iowa) 12 No. 1 appearances rank in a tie for fifth... Indiana Wesleyan has appeared at the top of the poll on 25 occasions, six more than Morningside (Iowa) for the most No. 1 rankings all-time ... Davenport (Mich.) and Hastings (Neb.) are tied for the next most with 13 No. 1 rankings apiece, followed by Northwestern and Saint Francis (Ind.), who both have made a dozen No. 1 appearances ... There have been 14 different teams to garner the No. 1 ranking all-time ... Three schools have spent an entire season at No. 1: Morningside in 2008-09, College of the Ozarks (Mo.) in 2007-08 and Saint Francis in 1999-2000 ... In the last 13 years, six teams that have been rated No. 1 in the preseason have gone on to win the national championship with the last being Northwestern, which has accomplished the feat the last two years.
2012-13 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2011-12 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||3||Concordia (Neb.) (11)||34-3||342|
|3||2||College of the Ozarks (Mo.) (2)||33-4||323|
|6||13#||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||24-9||275|
|8||8||Briar Cliff (Iowa)||25-10||250|
|8||5||Grand View (Iowa)||30-6||250|
|13||17#||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||27-5||214|
|19||14||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||27-7||145|
|21||18||Ave Maria (Fla.)||29-5||108|
|23||RV||Saint Mary (Neb.)||22-11||96|
|25||22||College of Idaho||22-9||46|
|25||RV||Saint Francis (Ind.)||19-13||46|
Others receiving votes: Valley City State (N.D.) 42; Point Park (Pa.) 41; Madonna (Mich.) 39; St. Thomas (Fla.) 38; William Penn (Iowa) 32; Cornerstone (Mich.) 20; Sterling (Kan.) 19; Purdue Calumet (Ind.) 16; Huntington (Ind.) 8; Indiana Southeast 7; Warner Pacific (Ore.) 3; Menlo (Calif.) 3; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 3.
^ Ranking indicated in 2011-12 Postseason Top 25 Poll (March 19, 2012)
# Ranking indicated from 2011-12 Division I Women’s Basketball Postseason Top 25 Poll (March 26, 2012)