KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the fifth-straight week, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) tops the 2012-13 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Lady Lions garnered 10 first-place votes and 281 points in the final regular-season edition. Freed-Hardeman, who leads the NAIA with a 31-1 record this season, won both the TranSouth Athletic Conference regular season and tournament crown. The top billing is the seventh all-time for the Lady Lions.
Qualifiers for the 33rd annual NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship will be announced today at 4 p.m. CST on www.NAIA.org. The 32-team field is comprised of 17 automatic berths, 14 at-large selections and a host school from the Mid-South Conference (MSC). The official championship bracket will be announced via a graphical selection show at 7 p.m. CST on www.NAIA.org.
Oklahoma City holds steady at No. 2 for the fourth-straight week with one first-place vote and 272 points. Jumping one position after knocking off Oklahoma City, 77-64, in the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament title game is No. 3 Lubbock Christian (Texas). The Lady Chaparrals took home 257 points and have been ranked in the top five in all 12 polls this season.
Westmont (Calif.), Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament runner-up, and Westminster (Utah), Frontier Conference Tournament champion, round out the top five with 252 and 247 points, respectively.
Campbellsville posted the largest improvement this week, vaulting from No. 18 to No. 14. The Tigers reached the championship game of the MSC Tournament with victories over Cumberlands (Ky.), 67-62, in the quarterfinals and No. 16 Georgetown (Ky.), 78-71, in the semifinals.
Conversely, Shawnee State suffered the largest tumble within the poll, falling five spots to No. 18. The Bears reached the semifinals of the MSC Tournament before losing to eventual champion No. 6 Cumberland (Tenn.), 60-59.
No new teams joined the Top 25 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: Cumberland, Shawnee State, Campbellsville and Georgetown.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and unaffiliated group. For the complete ratings calendar, click here. The postseason poll will be released on March 27.
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Notes: (all information dates back to 1999-2000) Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) receives its seventh 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 164 polls ... No. 8 Vanguard has appeared in 131-straight ... Freed-Hardeman, Lubbock Christian, No. 5 Westminster (Utah), Vanguard and No. 7 Lee (Tenn.) have been ranked in the top 10 in all 12 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 - Final (March 6)
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2012-13 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (10)||31-1||281|
|2||2||Oklahoma City (1)||26-3||272|
|3||4||Lubbock Christian (Texas)||29-3||257|
|9||9||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||30-2||209|
|10||11||The Master’s (Calif.)||25-5||197|
|15||14||Rogers State (Okla.)||23-9||165|
|18||13||Shawnee State (Ohio)||23-9||126|
|20||21||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||30-3||103|
|22||23||William Woods (Mo.)||25-6||92|
|25||25||LSU Shreveport (La.)||25-5||61|
Others receiving votes: Southern Poly (Ga.) 60; St. Catharine (Ky.) 44; Coastal Georgia 30; Central Methodist (Mo.) 28; Southern-New Orleans (La.) 20; Cumberlands (Ky.) 13; Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 5.