KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) tops the 10th regular-season edition of the 2012-13 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Lady Lions edged No. 2 Oklahoma City for the third-straight week with six first-place votes and 277 points. Oklahoma City received the remaining five first-place votes and 276 points.
On March 6, the NAIA is providing a free graphical selection show to reveal the 32-team bracket for the 33rd annual NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 7 p.m. CST on www.NAIA.org.
Freed-Hardeman (29-1), the only one-loss team remaining after downing Voorhees (S.C.), 87-65, on Jan. 22 and Morris (S.C.), 82-56, on Jan. 23, opens the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament Friday against the winner of Mid-Continent (Ky.) and No. 23 Bethel (Tenn.). No. 2 Oklahoma City, whose first Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament game is slated for Thursday, awaits the winner of Mid-America Christian (Okla.) and Science & Arts (Okla.).
No. 3 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 4 Lubbock Christian (Texas), aided by then-No. 3 Westminster's (Utah) 52-43 loss at then-unranked Carroll (Mont.) on Feb. 21, jump one spot each from last week with 263 and 251 points. The No. 3 ranking is the highest mark of the season for Westmont. No. 5 Westminster rounds out the top five with 245 points.
No. 18 Georgetown (Ky.) enjoys the largest jump this week with a two-spot leap. The Tigers have won five-straight en route to a 21-8 record and the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Mid-South Conference Tournament. Georgetown will face seventh-seeded Bluefield (Va.) at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Frankfort Convention Center - host site of the 2013 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship - in Frankfort, Ky.
No. 18 Campbellsville (Ky.) dropped two spots from last week to join Westminster as the poll's largest fall. The Tigers are 4-3 in their last seven and 22-8 overall.
No. 24 Carroll, propelled by its previously mentioned victory against then-No. 3 Westminster on Feb. 21, is this edition's lone newcomer. The Fighting Saints replaced previous No. 24 Southern Poly (Ga.) who dropped out after falling victim to unranked Coastal Georgia on Feb. 21, 79-64.
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. 13 Shawnee State (Ohio), Campbellsville and Georgetown.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and unaffiliated group. The final regular-season Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on March 6. For the complete ratings calendar, click here.
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Notes: (all information dates back to 1999-2000) Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) receives its sixth all-time No. 1 ranking ... 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 ... Since the start of the 1999-2000 season, only Oklahoma City and Freed-Hardeman have been listed in all 163 polls ... No. 8 Vanguard has appeared in 130-straight ... Freed-Hardeman, Lubbock Christian, No. 5 Westminster (Utah), Vanguard and No. 7 Lee (Tenn.) have been ranked in the top 10 in all 11 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 ... Thirty-five programs have garnered Top 25 mention 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. 10 (Feb. 26)
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2012-13 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (6)||29-1||277|
|2||2||Oklahoma City (5)||24-2||276|
|4||5||Lubbock Christian (Texas)||26-3||251|
|9||9||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||26-2||209|
|11||11||The Master’s (Calif.)||25-4||194|
|13||14||Shawnee State (Ohio)||22-7||166|
|14||13||Rogers State (Okla.)||22-8||165|
|21||21||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||27-2||102|
|23||22||William Woods (Mo.)||23-5||81|
|25||25||LSU Shreveport (La.)||23-4||65|
Others receiving votes: Southern Poly (Ga.) 58; St. Catharine (Ky.) 50; Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 25; Cumberlands (Ky.) 17; Central Methodist (Mo.) 16; Coastal Georgia 15; Baker (Kan.) 9; Southern-New Orleans (La.) 8.