by Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Oklahoma City received every first-place vote to top the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The No. 1 ranking is the fourth this season for the Stars, but the first since Jan. 9. Oklahoma City, who collected 312 points, finished the week 2-0 following victories against Oklahoma Christian, 103-44, on Jan. 26 and at Northwestern Oklahoma State, 70-69, on Jan. 28.
No. 2 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), who had spent the last two weeks ranked No. 1, fell to the second spot with 302 points. The Lady Lions tripped up on Jan. 26 to unranked Lyon (Ark.), 48-43. The rest of the top five remained unchanged with No. 3 Union (Tenn.), No. 4 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 5 Lee (Tenn.) rounding out the top five with 292, 282 and 272 points, respectively.
No. 9 Lubbock Christian (Texas) and No. 16 Belhaven (Miss.) tied for the biggest movers with each team climbing two positions from the previous week. The Lady Chaparrals enter the week riding a 14-game win streak, including victories against Science & Arts (Okla.), 89-49, and No. 15 Southern Nazarene (Okla.), 59-53, last week. Additionally, Lubbock Christian leads the Sooner Athletic Conference with a 13-0 record in league play. Belhaven has won 11 of its last 12 contests with its only loss during the stretch coming on Jan. 7 at No. 5 Lee, 86-74.
No. 24 Lyon is the only new team in the poll this week, as they picked up a signature win against then-No 1 Freed-Hardeman. Lyon, who is making its second appearance in the top 25 this season, finished the contest shooting 51.4 percent (19-of-37) from the field, while holding a 37-27 advantage in rebounding en route to the victory.
Eleven of the 12 Division I women's basketball conferences and independents are represented throughout the Top 25, led by five teams from the Mid-South Conference: No. 6 Cumberlands (Ky.), No. 11 Shawnee State (Ohio), No. 18 Georgetown (Ky.), No. 22 Campbellsville (Ky.) and No. 25 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).
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 Feb. 6.
Notes: (All information dates back to 1999 - 2000 season) This week’s No. 1 ranking gives Oklahoma City its 39th top mention, which ranks second all-time behind Union's (Tenn.) 53 … Prior to this week, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) had been ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history, including a unanimous selection in the Jan. 23 poll … Oklahoma City, Freed-Hardeman and Azusa Pacific (Calif.) are the only schools to be placed in the No. 1 position this season … Oklahoma City, Azusa Pacific, Vanguard (Calif.) and Freed-Hardeman are the only 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 (39), Vanguard (27) and Southern Nazarene (Okla.) (15) …Oklahoma City, Freed-Hardeman and Union have been listed in all 147 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)||2011-12 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||Oklahoma City (12)||19-1||312|
|7||9||Lubbock Christian (Texas)||16-3||249|
|8||6||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||19-3||235|
|11||11||Shawnee State (Ohio)||18-4||219|
|12||12||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||15-5||200|
|13||14||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||19-3||197|
|14||13||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||15-6||179|
|15||15||Southern Nazarene (Okla.)||16-6||163|
|20||21||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||17-6||120|
|23||22||William Woods (Mo.)||15-6||87|
|25||25||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||16-7||77|
Others receiving votes: Shorter (Ga.) 74; Rogers State (Okla.) 40; LSU Shreveport (La.) 35; Columbia (Mo.) 33; Avila (Mo.) 23; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 10; Texas Wesleyan 8; San Diego Christian (Calif.) 1; St. Gregory’s (Okla.) 1; Robert Morris (Ill.) 1; Montana State-Northern 1; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 1; St. Catharine (Ky.) 1.