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Top 25 Poll - No. 3

January 09, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma City gathered every first-place vote for the third-consecutive week and tops the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The No. 1 ranking is the third this season for the 14-0 Stars. Oklahoma City, who collected 312 points in the poll, is fresh off Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) wins over then-No. 25 Rogers State (Okla.), 70-57, on Jan. 5 and John Brown (Ark.), 64-61, on Jan. 7.

Only minor changes occurred in the rest of the top five as No. 4 Westmont (Calif.) moved up one spot with 278 points and No. 5 Langston (Okla.) entered the top five with 267 points after being ranked No. 7 in the previous poll. No. 2 Union (Tenn.) and No. 3 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) remained in the same spots with 302 and 292 points, respectively.

The biggest mover among Top-25 teams is No. 8 Cumberlands (Ky.), who is up six slots. The Patriots have won 12-straight games since a narrow 51-49 loss to No. 2 Union on Nov. 12. Their winning streak includes three victories over Top-25 opponents: then-No. 14 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and twice over Columbia (Mo.), who was ranked 18th for the first meeting and 20th for the second. No. 12 Lubbock Christian (Texas) and No. 15 Georgetown (Ky.) each climb five places. Lubbock Christian does so on the strength of eight-consecutive wins and a 7-0 SAC mark. Georgetown receives a bump after knocking off then-No. 6 Shawnee State (Ohio), 74-68, on Jan. 7.

After going unranked for the first time this season on Dec. 12, Belhaven (Miss.) returns to the Top 25 at No. 19. The Blazers had won five in-a-row prior to an 86-74 defeat to then-No. 9 Lee (Tenn.) on Jan. 7. No. 22 William Woods (Mo.), No. 24 Westminster (Utah) and No. 25 Lyon (Ark.) are also new to this week’s Top 25. Bethel (Tenn.), Columbia, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) and Rogers State (Okla.) each fell out of the poll. Bethel and Columbia had appeared in every poll this season until this week.

Ten of the 12 Division I women's basketball conferences and independents are represented throughout the Top 25, led by five squads from the Mid-South Conference: Cumberlands, No. 9 Shawnee State, No. 15 Georgetown (Ky.), No. 18 Campbellsville (Ky.) and No. 19 Lindsey Wilson. The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the Golden State Athletic Conference, the SAC, the Southern States Athletic Conference and the TranSouth Athletic Conference all tied for second with three ranked members.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. The next regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on Jan. 16.

Notes: (All information dates back to 1999 - 2000 season) Oklahoma City earned its 38th No. 1-ranking, which ranks second all-time behind Union's (Tenn.) 53 ... Oklahoma City joins Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and Vanguard (Calif.) as the only other teams that have owned the No. 1 spot in the last five years outside of Union's run of 48-straight No. 1 appearances from Oct. 31, 2007 - March 9, 2011 ... Four programs have topped the poll 10-or more total times: Union (53), Oklahoma City (38), Vanguard (27) and Southern Nazarene (Okla.) (15) ... There have been six preseason No. 1s that have gone on to win the national championship with the last happening in 2010 ... Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), Oklahoma City and Union have been listed in all 144 polls since the start of the 1999 - 2000 season ... Vanguard has appeared in 110-consecutive polls ... Union and Vanguard are the only programs that have spent an entire season ranked No. 1 (Union: 2007 - 08, 2008 - 09, 2009 - 10, 2010 - 11) (Vanguard: 2005 - 06, 2006 - 07) … Bethel (Tenn.) had been ranked in 38-straight polls until this week while Columbia (Mo.) had appeared in 12-straight.

RANK PVS SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Oklahoma City (12) 14-0 312
2 2 Union (Tenn.) 15-1 302
3 3 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 14-2 292
4 5 Westmont (Calif.) 14-1 278
5 7 Langston (Okla.) 13-0 267
6 4 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 15-2 264
7 9 Lee (Tenn.) 14-1 257
8 14 Cumberlands (Ky.) 14-1 242
9 6 Shawnee State (Ohio) 13-3 222
10 10 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 12-4 217
10 8 Vanguard (Calif.) 9-3 217
12 17 Lubbock Christian (Texas) 10-3 211
13 11 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 9-5 184
14 13 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 13-3 182
15 20 Georgetown (Ky.) 12-4 168
16 15 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 11-4 165
17 16 Xavier (La.) 11-5 159
18 12 Campbellsville (Ky.) 12-6 138
19 RV Belhaven (Miss.) 12-5 121
20 22 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 12-4 120
21 18 Shorter (Ga.) 11-3 105
22 RV William Woods (Mo.) 10-4 80
23 21 Robert Morris (Ill.) 11-3 79
24 RV Westminster (Utah) 9-6 71
25 RV Lyon (Ark.) 12-3 68

Others receiving votes: Biola (Calif.) 63; Loyola (La.) 60; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 55; St. Gregory's (Okla.) 23; Park (Mo.) 20; LSU Shreveport (La.) 14; Bethel (Tenn.) 13; Avila (Mo.) 5; Montana State-Northern 3; Rio Grande (Ohio) 1; Oklahoma Baptist 1; Columbia (Mo.) 1; Montana Western 1; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 1; St. Catharine (Ky.) 1.