By Katie Green, Manager of Athletics Communications and Media
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Vanguard (Calif.) remains No. 1 in the 2018 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday. The Lions garnered eight first-place votes.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
-Vanguard holds an undefeated, 9-0, record. One of those wins was against then-No. 16 Columbia College and another over an NCAA Division II opponents Biola (Calif.) and California State L.A.
- There are no newcomers in the second edition of the poll.
-Oklahoma City holds the longest active streak in the Top 25 with 241 total appearance dating back to 1997-98 school year.
-Union (Tenn.) and Vanguard (Calif.) 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).
-The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.
-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”
-Frequency of polls occur bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) for the 2016-17 academic season. This change will allow raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work in between rating periods.
-For the complete ratings calendar, click here.
2017-18 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2 (Jan. 2)
|RANK||WEEK||SCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES]||RECORD||POINTS|
|1||1||Vanguard (Calif.) ||9-0||188|
|4||4||Shawnee State (Ohio)||13-3||169|
|5||5||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||8-1||164|
|6||7||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||11-1||156|
|7||6||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||11-2||155|
|12||9||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||12-2||123|
|15||15||The Master's (Calif.)||9-2||105|
|17||17||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||10-5||88|
|19||18||John Brown (Ark.)||7-4||72|
|23||19||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||11-4||61|
|24||25||LSU Shreveport (La.)||14-0||53|
Dropped from the rankings: None
Others receiving votes: Menlo (Calif.) 38, Providence (Mont.) 26, Loyola (La.) 22, Central Methodist (Mo.) 8, Arizona Christian 7, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 7, Cumberland (Tenn.) 7, Science & Arts (Okla.) 6