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2012-13 NAIA DII Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25

October 23, 2012
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By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern

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
2 1 Northwestern (Iowa) 28-7 328
3 2 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) (2) 33-4 323
4 4 Indiana Wesleyan 33-3 314
5 6 Morningside (Iowa) 26-9 293
6 13# Saint Xavier (Ill.) 24-9 275
7 10 Concordia (Mich.) 29-6 274
8 8 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 25-10 250
8 5 Grand View (Iowa) 30-6 250
10 11 Eastern Oregon 25-9 246
11 12 Jamestown (N.D.) 27-5 243
12 7 Davenport (Mich.) 30-5 237
13 17# Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 27-5 214
14 13 Corban (Ore.) 24-8 184
15 18 Bethel (Ind.) 22-11 177
16 20 Southwestern (Kan.) 23-9 171
17 17 Tennessee Wesleyan 24-9 167
18 15 Hastings (Neb.) 22-11 163
19 14 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 27-7 145
20 16 Friends (Kan.) 24-10 129
21 18 Ave Maria (Fla.) 29-5 108
22 NR Taylor (Ind.) 18-13 99
23 RV Saint Mary (Neb.) 22-11 96
24 25 Union (Ky.) 25-8 58
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)