KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One week after being tied at No. 1, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) edges Oklahoma City for the top spot in the eighth regular season edition of the 2012-13 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Lady Lions garnered six first-place votes and 277 points, while Oklahoma City received five first-place votes and 276 points.
Freed-Hardeman, who is tied with No. 5 Cumberland (Tenn.) for the most wins in the NAIA with 24, earns the No. 1 spot for the fourth time since the 1999-2000 season. The Lady Lions have won 11-straight, including a 101-34 victory against Morris (S.C.) their last time out on Feb. 7. Freed-Hardeman ranks amongst the top 10 in 16 statistical categories, including the nation's best scoring defense, allowing only 45.6 points per game. The Lady Lions have five games remaining on their regular-season schedule with three against TranSouth Athletic Conference opponents.
Second-ranked Oklahoma City has been equally dominant this season. The Stars are 21-2 - 13-0 in Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) action - and have not lost since Nov. 10, good for an NAIA-best 20-game winning streak. Oklahoma City, who is 6-0 against ranked NAIA opponents this season, hosts St. Gregory's (Okla.) Saturday, before closing the season on the road at Oklahoma Baptist and No. 12 Rogers State (Okla.) on Feb. 21 and 23.
Fellow SAC member, Lubbock Christian (Texas) slides up one spot to No. 3 with 263 points. The Lady Chaparrals, who held the No. 1 ranking six times this season, are 23-2 with both losses coming against Oklahoma City. Three of Lubbock Christian's four remaining games are on the road, including a key conference battle Thursday night at Rogers State. Lubbock Christian and Rogers State are currently tied for second in the SAC with a 10-2 conference mark.
Similarly to Lubbock Christian, No. 4 Westminster (Utah) and fifth-ranked Cumberland improve one spot from last week with 254 and 245 points, respectively. Westminster (22-2) has been listed amongst the top five in every poll this season, while Cumberland (24-1) is making its first-ever appearance within the quintet, dating back to the 1999-2000 season.
No. 14 Shawnee State's (Ohio) seven-spot leapfrog leads a poll that saw nine teams post multiple-position movements. The Bears have won four-consecutive games, including a 55-53 victory at then-No. 11 Campbellsville (Ky.) on Jan. 31. Shawnee State puts its streak on the line Thursday when it travels to Mid-South Conference leader Cumberland.
No. 18 Campbellsville and No. 19 Georgetown (Ky.) fell the farthest amongst the poll this week, dropping six positions, as both teams lost recent games to unranked opponents.
No. 24 Southern Poly (Ga.), who joins the Top 25 for the first time since March 9, 2011, is this week's newcomer. The Hornets replace previous No. 24 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.). Southern Poly has won eight-straight en route to a 0.5 game lead over seventh-ranked Lee (Tenn.) in the Southern States Athletic Conference standings.
Ten of the 11 Division I women's basketball conferences and unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four squads from the Mid-South Conference: Cumberland, Shawnee State, Campbellsville and Georgetown.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and unaffiliated group. The ninth regular-season Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on Feb. 19. For the complete ratings calendar, click here.
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Notes: (all information dates back to 1999-2000) Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) receives its fourth all-time No. 1 ranking ... Four teams have been ranked No. 1 this season: Freed-Hardeman, Oklahoma City, Vanguard (Calif.) and Lubbock Christian (Texas) ... Former NAIA member Union (Tenn.) leads all schools with 53 top billings, while Oklahoma City (46), Vanguard (Calif.) (28) and former NAIA member Southern Nazarene (Okla.) (15) are the only programs with 10-plus No. 1 rankings ... Since the start of the 1999-2000 season, only Oklahoma City and Freed-Hardeman have been listed in all 161 polls ... No. 3 Vanguard (Calif.) has appeared in 128-straight ... Freed-Hardeman, Lubbock Christian, No. 5 Westminster (Utah), No. 7 Vanguard (Calif.) and No. 7 Lee (Tenn.) have been ranked in the top 10 in all nine polls this season ... No. 24 Southern Poly receives its first ranking since March 9, 2011 ... The Unaffiliated Group containing the Association of Independent Institutions and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference is the only conference/group to not have a team ranked at any time this season ... Thirty-five programs have garnered Top 25 mention this season ... Union and Vanguard are the only programs to have spent an entire season ranked No. 1 (Union: 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11) (Vanguard: 2005-06, 2006-07).2012-13 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 8 (Feb. 12)
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2012-13 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||T1||Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (6)||24-1||277|
|2||T1||Oklahoma City (5)||22-2||276|
|3||4||Lubbock Christian (Texas)||23-2||263|
|9||9||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||23-2||209|
|11||10||The Master’s (Calif.)||22-3||189|
|12||15||Rogers State (Okla.)||20-6||172|
|14||21||Shawnee State (Ohio)||19-6||156|
|22||19||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||23-2||98|
|23||23||William Woods (Mo.)||19-4||72|
|24||RV||Southern Poly (Ga.)||20-2||64|
Others receiving votes: LSU Shreveport (La.) 59; St. Catharine (Ky.) 48; Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 33; Baker (Kan.) 21; Southern-New Orleans (La.) 17; Robert Morris (Ill.) 10; Central Methodist (Mo.) 5; Cumberlands (Ky.) 3; Coastal Georgia 3.