March 26, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After claiming its sixth national championship on March 20, Oklahoma City is ranked No. 1 for the seventh-straight week in the 2011 – 12 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll, announced Monday by the national office. The Stars rank second all-time in total national championships and concluded the season with a 35-1 record. Oklahoma City garnered all 11 first-place votes and totaled 281 points.
The Stars claimed the No. 1 position in 10-of-13 Top 25 Polls this season and were never ranked lower than third.
National Championship runner-up Union (Tenn.) garners the No. 2 ranking. The Lady Bulldogs, who were making their fourth-consecutive trip to the finals, fell to Oklahoma City, 69-48. Union has been ranked No. 2 for five-straight weeks and was either No. 2 or 3 in all 13 polls.
Rounding out the top five in the postseason poll are No. 3 Lubbock Christian (Texas), No. 4 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 5 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.). The Lady Chaparrals earned their first appearance in the Fab Four since 2006 with a 66-61 win over Westmont. No. 3 is the highest ranking for Lubbock Christian this season.
Surprise Fab Four participant, Georgetown (Ky.) improved the most within the Top 25 by jumping eight spots to No. 11. The Tiger’s Cinderella run at the national championship ended in the semifinals against eventual national runner-up Union, 62-50.
Three newcomers enter the poll: No. 20 Biola (Calif.), No. 21 Rogers State (Okla.) and No. 24 Avila (Mo.). Biola is ranked for the first time since March 9, 2011, while Rogers State previously appeared on Feb. 27. Avila, who previously had not cracked the Top 25 since joining Division I in 2009 – 10, was last ranked on Jan. 25, 2000 in Division II.
Columbia (Mo.), Loyola (La.) and William Woods (Mo.) fell from the rankings this week.
The Sooner Athletic Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference and Mid-South Conference each boast four programs ranked in the Top 25. Overall, nine of the 12 conferences and independents are represented.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference and unaffiliated groups.
Notes: (All information dates back to 1999 - 2000 season) This week’s No. 1 ranking gives Oklahoma City its 45th 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 (45), Vanguard (27) and Southern Nazarene (Okla.) (15) …Oklahoma City, Freed-Hardeman and Union have been listed in all 150 polls since the start of the 1999-2000 season … Vanguard has appeared in 118 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)||35-1||281|
|3||5||Lubbock Christian (Texas)||28-6||263|
|6||9||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||26-8||231|
|6||8||Shawnee State (Ohio)||28-6||231|
|12||12||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||29-5||181|
|13||15||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||24-9||166|
|17||11||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||27-5||146|
|18||16||Southern Nazarene (Okla.)||24-10||121|
|21||RV||Rogers State (Okla.)||22-12||105|
|22||21||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||25-9||93|
Others receiving votes: Columbia (Mo.) 52; Loyola (La.) 39; Lyon (Ark.) 38; William Woods (Mo.) 23; LSU Shreveport (La.) 19; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 12; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 9.