February 27, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the fifth-straight week, Oklahoma City was unanimously selected as the No. 1 team in the 10th edition of the 2011 – 12 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The Stars, who occupy the top spot for the eighth time overall this season, received 11 first-place votes and 281 points following a 2-0 week that included an 85-43 road win at St. Gregory’s (Okla.) on Feb. 22.
Union (Tenn.) and Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) remained in the No. 2 and 3 spots for the third-straight poll with 272 and 263 points, respectively.
Improving two spots is No. 4 Lubbock Christian (Texas). The Lady Chapparals, whose No. 4 position marks their highest ranking on the year, hold the second seed in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament and play Northwestern Oklahoma State on Thursday. Lubbock Christian enters the matchup winners in 22 of its last 23 games with the only loss coming against Oklahoma City, 60-51, on Feb. 11.
Westmont (Calif.) and Lee (Tenn.) are tied at No. 5 this week with 240 points each. The Warriors hold the top spot in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) tournament after claiming their first ever GSAC regular season championship, while Lee (Tenn.) fell one spot after it had its NAIA-best 19-game winning streak snapped on Feb. 23, 60-44, at Shorter (Ga.).
Westminster (Utah), the Frontier Conference regular-season champion, is this week’s biggest mover, jumping two spots to No. 14 with 163 points.
Eleven of the 12 conferences and independents are represented this week with the Sooner Athletic Conference, Southern States Athletic Conference and Mid-South Conference all listing a week-high four programs. The GSAC is next in line with three schools, while the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, TranSouth Athletic Conference and Frontier Conference each boast two representatives.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference and unaffiliated groups. The final regular-season Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll will be announced on March 7.
At the conclusion of conference tournaments on March 6, the 32-team national championship field will be announced on March 7. In addition, the bracket for the 32nd annual Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship will be released. To track complete results from all 12 league tournaments, click here.
Notes: (All information dates back to 1999 - 2000 season) This week’s No. 1 ranking gives Oklahoma City its 43rd 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 other 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 (43), 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 116 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 (11)||27-1||281|
|4||6||Lubbock Christian (Texas)||24-4||251|
|7||7||Shawnee State (Ohio)||25-4||230|
|10||10||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||27-3||203|
|12||12||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||22-6||187|
|13||13||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||25-4||168|
|15||14||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||21-8||149|
|16||15||Southern Nazarene (Okla.)||22-8||141|
|22||22||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||22-8||91|
|25||25||Rogers State (Okla.)||20-10||69|
Others receiving votes: Biola (Calif.) 47; Lyon (Ark.) 35; William Woods (Mo.) 35; Avila (Mo.) 32; LSU Shreveport (La.) 18; St. Catharine (Ky.) 7; San Diego Christian (Calif.) 1; St. Gregory’s (Okla.) 1; Cumberland (Tenn.) 1; Montana State-Northern 1; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 1; Talladega (Ala.) 1.