KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Concordia (Neb.) has claimed the top spot in the second edition of the 2012-13 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25, the national office announced Tuesday. The Bulldogs collected all 12 first place-votes and 312 points for its third-straight No. 1 ranking.
Concordia defeated Midland (Neb.), 110-65, on Nov. 27 to start the week. The Bulldogs continued its winning ways on Dec. 1 with an 80-76 victory over then-No. 4 Morningside (Iowa). With the pair of wins the Bulldogs are tied for the NAIA best 10-game winning streak.
Moving up a spot to No. 2 is Indiana Wesleyan with 302 points. Morningside moved up one position to 3 with 289 points. Falling two spots this week is No. 4 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) collecting 278 points. The Bobcat's lost to William Woods (Mo.), 72-64, on Nov. 27. Rounding out the top five is Briar Cliff (Iowa) notching 277 points.
Making the biggest jump this week was College of Idaho moving from No. 24 to No. 22. The Lady Yotes won both their games last week as they defeated Warner Pacific (Ore.), 71-54, on Nov. 30 and Concordia (Ore.), 86-57, on Dec. 1.
Joining the Top 25 are No. 23 Roosevelt (Ill.) and No. 24 Southwestern (Kan.). Roosevelt is currently on a five game-winning streak and went 2-0 last week with wins over Indiana Northwest, 82-71, and Trinity Christian (Ill.), 90-62. Southwestern rejoins the poll after falling out last week. The Moundbuilders were 2-0 last week defeating then-No. 23 Friends (Kan.) 80-63 and Kansas Wesleyan, 85-56.
Falling out of the Coaches' Poll was: Friends (No. 23) and Hastings (Neb.) (No. 25).
Eleven of the 13 Division II women's basketball conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Crossroads League with five ranked teams. The Great Plains Athletic Conference and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference follow with four teams each.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Independents. The third regular-season poll will be announced on Dec. 11.
Notes: (All information as of the 1999 - 2000 season) 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 Concordia (Neb.), 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' Top 25 Poll - No. 2
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Concordia (Neb.) (12)||10-0||312|
|4||2||College of the Ozarks (Mo.)||9-1||278|
|5||5||Briar Cliff (Iowa)||10-0||277|
|7||7||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||6-1||246|
|8||9||Saint Francis (Ind.)||10-0||235|
|12||12||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||6-1||207|
|13||14||Grand View (Iowa)||5-2||188|
|17||16||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||8-3||148|
|19||19||Valley City State (N.D.)||5-1||132|
|20||20||St. Thomas (Fla.)||8-0||128|
|22||24||College of Idaho||6-3||88|
|25||21||Saint Mary (Neb.)||5-3||55|
Others receiving votes: Menlo (Calif.) 51; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 45; Southern Oregon 35; Siena Heights (Mich.) 31; William Penn (Iowa) 22; Friends (Kan.) 21; Milligan (Tenn.) 17; Grace (Ind.) 7; Madonna (Mich.) 6; Hastings (Neb.) 5; Ave Maria (Fla.) 4; Oregon Tech 3.