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DI Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 7

February 05, 2013
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the second time since the 1999-2000 season, two teams share the No. 1 ranking as Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) and Oklahoma City share the top spot in the seventh regular-season edition of the 2012-13 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. Both teams received 276 total points. Freed-Hardeman earned six first-place votes, while Oklahoma City tallied five first-place votes, respectively. A tie at No. 1 has previously occurred only twice across all divisions of NAIA basketball, when the Concordia (Calif.) and Robert Morris (Ill.) men’s basketball teams each received 306 points on Dec. 5, 2011 and when the Vanguard (Calif.) and former NAIA member Union (Tenn.) women’s teams were tied in the 2006-07 Preseason Poll – since 1999-2000.

Freed-Hardeman's top billing is the third all-time for the Lady Lions, who were also ranked No. 1 on Jan. 16 and Jan. 23, 2012. The Lady Lions are riding an eight-game winning streak en route to a 21-1 overall record. Freed-Hardeman showcases the NAIA's top scoring defense, holding opponents to only 47.1 points per game. The Lady Lions return to action Tuesday against USCAA Division I Concordia-Selma (Ala.), before returning to TranSouth Athletic Conference action Thursday against Martin Methodist (Tenn.).

Oklahoma City receives the No. 1 ranking for the 46th time in program history - dating back to 1999-2000 - after knocking off previous No. 1 Lubbock Christian (Texas), 74-60, on Feb. 2 in the NAIA Women's Basketball Game of the Week. With the victory, the Stars extend their NAIA-best winning streak to 17 games. Additionally, Oklahoma City has now won 39-straight games against NAIA opponents dating back to its Jan. 14, 2012 victory against Wayland Baptist (Texas).

Vanguard slides into the No. 3 spot with 261 points. The Lions improved to 16-1 after beating then-No. 9 The Master's (Calif.), 69-65, on Jan. 29 and Biola (Calif.), 72-61, on Feb. 2. Vanguard has won five-straight since dropping a 66-56 decision against then-No. 11 Westmont (Calif.) on Jan. 15.

Following its loss to Oklahoma City, Lubbock Christian (Texas) falls to No. 4 with 258 points, marking the first time this season the Lady Chaparrals have been ranked outside of the top two. Lubbock Christian looks to rebound against St. Gregory's (Okla.) Thursday in Sooner Athletic Conference action.

Westminster (Utah) maintains it stranglehold on fifth with 245 points. The Griffins, who are 17-3 on the season and hold a one-game advantage over No. 25 Carroll (Mont.) in the Frontier Conference standings, have received the No. 5 ranking in 6-of-8 polls this season, including their current run of four-straight.

Xavier (La.) makes the largest improvement within the poll, leaping three spots from No. 14 to No. 11. The Gold Nuggets have won seven-straight since losing to Southern-New Orleans (La.), 63-56, on Jan. 14. Conversely, Wiley (Texas) tumbled a poll-high five positions to No. 22 after losing two out of its last three to unranked teams.

No new teams joined the poll this week.

Ten of the 11 Division I women's basketball conferences and unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four squads from the Mid-South Conference: No. 6 Cumberland (Tenn.), No. 12 Campbellsville (Ky.), No. 13 Georgetown (Ky.) and No. 21 Shawnee State (Ohio).

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and unaffiliated group. The eighth regular-season Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on Feb. 12. For the complete ratings calendar, click here.

For more information on NAIA Division I Women's Basketball, click here.

Notes: (all information dates back to 1999-2000) Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) and Oklahoma City's tie at No. 1 is the second all-time in NAIA Division I Women's Basketball with the first occurring in 2006-07, dating back to 1999-2000 ... The only other occurrence came on Dec. 5, 2011 in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball poll when Concordia (Calif.) and Robert Morris (Ill.) each received 306 points ... Four teams have been ranked No. 1 this season: Freed-Hardeman, Oklahoma City, Vanguard (Calif.) and Lubbock Christian (Texas) ... Former NAIA member Union (Tenn.) leads all schools with 53 top billings, while Oklahoma City (46), Vanguard (Calif.) (28) and former NAIA member Southern Nazarene (Okla.) (15) are the only programs with 10-plus No. 1 rankings ... The No. 1 mention is the third all-time for Freed-Hardeman, whose previous two appearance came during the 2011-12 season ... Since the start of the 1999-2000 season, only Oklahoma City and Freed-Hardeman have been listed in all 160 polls ... No. 3 Vanguard (Calif.) has appeared in 127-straight ... Lubbock Christian, Vanguard, Freed-Hardeman, No. 5 Westminster (Utah) and No. 7 Lee (Tenn.) have been ranked in the top 10 in all eight polls this season ... The Unaffiliated Group containing the Association of Independent Institutions and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference is the only conference/group to not have a team ranked at any time this season ... Union and Vanguard are the only programs to have spent an entire season ranked No. 1 (Union: 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11) (Vanguard: 2005-06, 2006-07).

2012-13 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 7 (Feb. 5)
RANK LAST TIME SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2012-13 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
T1 2 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (6) 21-1 276
T1 3 Oklahoma City (5) 18-2 276
3 4 Vanguard (Calif.) 16-1 261
4 1 Lubbock Christian (Texas) 21-2 258
5 5 Westminster (Utah) 21-2 245
6 6 Cumberland (Tenn.) 22-1 236
7 7 Lee (Tenn.) 19-2 225
8 8 Westmont (Calif.) 17-3 220
9 10 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 21-2 205
10 9 The Master’s (Calif.) 20-2 204
11 14 Xavier (La.) 18-4 185
12 11 Campbellsville (Ky.) 18-5 184
13 12 Georgetown (Ky.) 16-7 171
14 15 Benedictine (Kan.) 21-3 165
15 16 Rogers State (Okla.) 17-6 156
16 13 Bethel (Tenn.) 17-6 144
17 18 Columbia (Mo.) 18-5 130
18 19 Faulkner (Ala.) 21-4 128
19 21 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 21-1 125
20 20 Lyon (Ark.) 20-3 108
21 22 Shawnee State (Ohio) 18-6 106
22 17 Wiley (Texas) 18-3 84
23 23 William Woods (Mo.) 17-3 81
24 24 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 18-5 75
25 25 Carroll (Mont.) 15-6 69

Others receiving votes: LSU Shreveport (La.) 60; Southern Poly (Ga.) 43; St. Catharine (Ky.) 34; Robert Morris (Ill.) 17; Baker (Kan.) 13; Southern-New Orleans (La.) 12; Coastal Georgia 5; Central Methodist (Mo.) 4; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 3.