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2016-17 Women's Division II Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 2 (Dec. 13)

December 13, 2016
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By Nikki Sherrill, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, MO. – Boasting an undefeated record so far this season, the Fighting Saints of St. Francis (Ill.) take over the No. 1 spot in the 2016-17 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday. St. Francis claimed six first-place votes to capture the top ranking. The third regular-season installment will be released on Tuesday, Jan. 10. 

Top 25 Highlights
• Riding a 10-0 streak so far this season, St. Francis (Ill.) has taken over as the No. 1 team in the NAIA. Gathering six first-place votes and 307 total points, the Fighting Saints hold the top spot for the first time in program history.
• The Fighting Saints have not suffered a loss yet this season, and have won nine-of-ten games by double-digits. St. Francis is off to one of its best starts in program history. Last season, it was knocked out in the first-round of the NAIA National Championship in a 63-60 loss to Asbury (Ky.).
• The Bulldogs of Concordia (Neb.) made a five-spot leap this edition up to No. 2. This is Concordia’s first appearance at No. 2 since postseason in 2015 when the Bulldogs finished second at the national championship. Concordia is currently 13-1, with its lone loss falling at the hands of defending national champion, Marian (Ind.), in the first game of the season.
• The rest of the top-five saw adjustments as Saint Xavier (Ill.) remains at No. 3, and Southern Oregon moving up to No. 4, while Marian slid back to No. 5.
• Concordia and Saint Xavier earned the remaining first-place votes, with the Bulldogs gathering four and the Cougars notching the final two.
• No. 15 Friends (Kan.) made the largest stride in the ranking as it moved up nine spots from the last edition. No. 6 Hastings (Neb.) is right behind Friends as it moved up eight spots. Nine other teams also made their own positive movements this edition – No. 1 St. Francis, No. 2 Concordia, No. 4 Southern Oregon, No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 14 Purdue Northwest (Ind.), No. 16 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), No. 17 Indiana Tech, No. 18 Southeastern (Fla.) and No. 22 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.).
• Previous No. 1, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), fell out of its top-spot after dropping two GPAC contests last week. The Tigers come in at No. 8 this week.
• Briar Cliff is the lone team to drop from the rankings after coming in at No. 19 last edition. The Chargers are 6-5 on the year and 4-3 in Great Plains Athletic Association Conference (GPAC) play.
• There is only one newcomer in the Top 25 this edition, as Dickinson State (N.D.) comes in at No. 24. The Bluehawks are currently 2-1 in the North Star Athletic Association, with their only conference loss coming to No. 10 Jamestown (N.D.).
• Overall, 11 of the 12 conferences are represented in this edition of the poll. The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference leads the field with five teams, including the No. 1 spot. The GPAC follows closely behind with four teams, while the Crossroads League is represented by three.  
• No. 12 Morningside has the most No. 1 rankings in NAIA history with 38, while No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan is second with 33.
• Morningside holds the active streak of being ranked in the Top 25 (158). No. 3 Saint Xavier is second with 145-straight, including its time in Division I.
• College of the Ozarks (2007-08), Morningside (2008-09) and Saint Francis (Ind.) (1999-00) are the only teams to go the entire season ranked No. 1.

Poll Methodology
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2016-17 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll No. 2 (Dec. 13)

1 3 St. Francis (Ill.) (6) 10-0 307
2 7 Concordia (Neb.) (4) 13-1 299
3 3 Saint Xavier (Ill.) (2) 9-0 293
4 5 Southern Oregon 8-1 277
5 2 Marian (Ind.) 11-2 270
6 14 Hastings (Neb.) 12-2 261
7 8 Davenport (Mich.) 10-1 250
T8 6 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 11-2 242
T8 1 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 11-2 242
10 10 Jamestown (N.D.) 9-2 219
11 13 Indiana Wesleyan 9-3 210
12 9 Morningside (Iowa) 8-4 208
13 12 Indiana Northwest 11-3 182
14 15 Purdue Northwest (Ind.) 11-3 168
15 24 Friends (Kan.) 9-2 157
16 16 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 10-2 156
17 21 Indiana Tech 11-1 152
18 20 Southeastern (Fla.) 9-0 144
19 18 Eastern Oregon 8-2 142
20 11 Tabor (Kan.) 9-3 134
21 17 Indiana East 8-3 109
22 25 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 8-3 88
23 23 Milligan (Tenn.) 9-4 85
24 NR Dickinson State (N.D.) 5-3 66
25 22 Huntington (Ind.) 7-5 61

Dropped from the rankings: Briar Cliff (Iowa) (19)

Others receiving votes: Briar Cliff (Iowa) 55; Kansas Wesleyan 49; Reinhardt (Ga.) 34; Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 29; Point Park (Pa.) 28; Valley City State (N.D.) 16; Doane (Neb.) 13; Oregon Tech 7; Northwestern (Iowa) 6; Union (Ky.) 5; Northwest Christian (Ore.) 3

^Reflects ranking in 2016-17 Poll No. 2

Championship Information

NAIA DII Women's Basketball Championship
Sports Rules - Basketball DII (W)