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Top 25 Poll No. 8

February 13, 2012
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications & Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma City maintained its stranglehold on the top spot by remaining a unanimous No. 1 selection for the third-consecutive week – sixth week overall – in the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The Stars, who extended their current win streak to nine games with a 60-51 victory at No. 7 Lubbock Christian (Texas) on Feb. 11, received all 12 first-place votes and 312 points to claim the top spot.

The top 10 teams held from the Feb. 6 poll, although some minor shuffling did occur. No. 2 Union (Tenn.) leapfrogged TranSouth Athletic Conference foe Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) following a 48-44 Lady Bulldog victory on Feb. 11. Despite the Lady Lions holding a 40-29 advantage in rebounding, Union overcame the deficit behind eight 3-point baskets, including three from guard LaTesa McLaughlin.

No. 10 Langston (Okla.) slides down one spot and Shawnee State (Ohio) jumps up to the No. 9 position, one position better than the Feb. 6 poll. The Bears, who were featured in last week’s NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Game of the Week, won their seventh straight with a victory over then-No. 16 Georgetown (Ky.), 68-59, on Feb. 11. Despite the loss, the Tigers dropped just one spot in this week’s poll to No. 17.

Columbia (Mo.), who was last ranked in the Dec. 12 edition of the Top 25, replaces Lyon (Ark.) at No. 25 in this week’s poll. The Cougars have won six of their last seven, including victories against Stephens (Mo.) and William Woods (Mo.) last week. Columbia’s highest ranking this season came in the preseason poll where they garnered the No. 18 position.

All 11 of the conferences are represented this week with the Mid-South Conference listing a week-high of five programs. The Southern States Athletic Conference is second with four schools, while the Golden State Athletic Conference is third with three and the Sooner Athletic Conference, Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and TranSouth each landed two ranked teams.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference and unaffiliated groups. The next Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll will be announced on Feb. 20.

Notes: (All information dates back to 1999 - 2000 season) This week’s No. 1 ranking gives Oklahoma City its 41st top mention, which ranks second all-time behind Union’s (Tenn.) 53 … Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) received its first No. 1 ranking in school history with 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 (41), Vanguard (27) and Southern Nazarene (Okla.) (15) …Oklahoma City, Freed-Hardeman and Union have been listed in all 149 polls since the start of the 1999-2000 season … Vanguard has appeared in 114 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 1 Oklahoma City (12) 23-1 312
2 3 Union (Tenn.) 24-2 302
3 2 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 21-4 292
4 4 Lee (Tenn.) 25-1 282
5 5 Cumberlands (Ky.) 23-1 272
6 6 Westmont (Calif.) 23-2 262
7 7 Lubbock Christian (Texas) 19-4 248
8 8 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 23-3 244
9 10 Shawnee State (Ohio) 22-4 226
10 9 Langston (Okla.) 23-2 225
11 11 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 23-3 212
12 12 Vanguard (Calif.) 17-5 205
13 13 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 18-6 194
14 14 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 19-6 183
15 17 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 19-7 165
16 15 Belhaven (Miss.) 20-6 153
17 16 Georgetown (Ky.) 17-8 152
18 18 Westminster (Utah) 17-7 151
19 20 Loyola (La.) 21-2 130
20 21 Campbellsville (Ky.) 18-9 121
21 19 Xavier (La.) 18-8 115
22 23 Shorter (Ga.) 20-5 101
23 24 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 18-8 90
24 22 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 18-8 87
25 RV Columbia (Mo.) 18-8 68
 

Others receiving votes: Lyon (Ark.) 46; William Woods (Mo.) 40; LSU Shreveport (La.) 34; Rogers State (Okla.) 32; Avila (Mo.) 23; San Diego Christian (Calif.) 18; Talladega (Ala.) 5; Robert Morris (Ill.) 3; Central Methodist (Mo.) 1; St. Gregory’s (Okla.) 1; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 1; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 1.