Top 25 Poll - No. 5
The rest of the top four remains the same. No. 2 Oklahoma City garnered 301 points after getting back on track following its 88-66 upset loss to then-No. 12 Lubbock Christian (Texas) on Jan. 12. The Stars have since won three straight, outscoring their opponents by an average of 42.7 points in those contests. No. 3 Union (Tenn.) and No. 4 Westmont (Calif.) check in next with 293 and 281 points, respectively. Lee (Tenn.) moves up one spot to No. 5 this week on the strength of a 19-1 record.
No. 21 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) and No. 22 William Woods (Mo.) tied for the largest leaps in the poll with each climbing three positions. MidAmerica Nazarene holds a nine-game winning streak, which includes victories over then-No. 21 Robert Morris (Ill.) on Dec. 16 and William Woods on Dec. 17. William Woods has won three in-a-row and six of seven. Meanwhile, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) fell hardest among Top 25 teams, reversing five slots to No. 25. The Blue Raiders are now 3-5 in Mid-South Conference (MSC) play after dropping a pair of league games last week.
Robert Morris is the only ranked team from last week to drop out of the poll. The Eagles fell to then-No. 21 NAIA Division II Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) on Jan. 17 and to Purdue Calumet (Ind.) on Jan. 19, before rebounding with a win over Trinity Christian (Ill.) on Jan. 21. Robert Morris is replaced by No. 24 Shorter (Ga.), who returns to the rankings after falling out last week. The Hawks are now tied for third in the Southern States Athletic Conference with a 7-2 league mark.
Eleven 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: No. 6 Cumberlands (Ky.), No. 11 Shawnee State (Ohio), No. 17 Georgetown (Ky.), No. 19 Campbellsville (Ky.) and Lindsey Wilson. The Southern States Athletic Conference boasts four ranked members: Lee, No. 18 Belhaven (Miss.), No. 23 Loyola (La.) and Shorter.
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. 30.
Notes: (All information dates back to 1999 - 2000 season) Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) is ranked No. 1 for the second time in school history and is a unanimous top selection for the first time in program history … Freed-Hardeman is the third team to be placed in the top spot this season along with Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and Oklahoma City … Union (Tenn.) holds the most No. 1 rankings all time with 53, followed by Oklahoma City’s 38 top mentions … Freed-Hardeman joins Oklahoma City, Azusa Pacific 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, Oklahoma City and Union have been listed in all 146 polls since the start of the 1999 - 2000 season ... Vanguard has appeared in 112-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).
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (12)||18-2||312|
|6||7||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||18-2||254|
|9||9||Lubbock Christian (Texas)||14-3||233|
|11||12||Shawnee State (Ohio)||16-4||212|
|12||13||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||13-5||199|
|13||11||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||14-5||196|
|14||14||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||17-3||184|
|16||15||Southern Nazarene (Okla.)||14-5||156|
|21||24||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||15-6||111|
|22||25||William Woods (Mo.)||13-5||96|
|25||20||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||14-7||64|
Others receiving votes: Robert Morris (Ill.) 46; Lyon (Ark.) 45; Columbia (Mo.) 33; LSU Shreveport (La.) 29; Rogers State (Okla.) 28; Avila (Mo.) 20; Biola (Calif.) 6; Texas Wesleyan 3; Bethel (Tenn.) 1; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 1; Rio Grande (Ohio) 1; Oklahoma Baptist 1; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 1; St. Catharine (Ky.) 1.