By Katie Green, Manager of Athletics Communications and Media
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Vanguard (Calif.) jumps to No. 1 ranking in the 2018 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday. The Lions garnered 8-of-9 first-place votes.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
-Vanguard holds an undefeated, 7-0, record from November 9 – December 4. One of those wins was against No. 16 Columbia College and another over NCAA Division II opponent Biola (Calif.).
- New to the poll is No. 19 Martin Methodist (Tenn.), No. 20 Dillard (La.), No. 21 Carroll (Mont.) and No. 25 LSU Shreveport (La.).
-Oklahoma City holds the longest active streak in the Top 25 with 240 total appearance dating back to 1997-98 school year.
-Union (Tenn.) and Vanguard (Calif.) 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).
-The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.
-The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
-The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
-Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
-Frequency of polls occur bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) for the 2016-17 academic season. This change will allow raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work in between rating periods.
-For the complete ratings calendar, click here.
2018 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 1 (Dec. 5)
|RANK||WEEK||SCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES]||RECORD||POINTS|
|1||4||Vanguard (Calif.) ||6-0||219|
|2||3||Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) ||7-1||212|
|4||5||Shawnee State (Ohio)||8-3||194|
|5||23||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||6-0||191|
|6||2||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||9-2||187|
|7||19||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||8-1||178|
|9||8||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||8-1||159|
|15||18||The Master's (Calif.)||7-2||121|
|17||13||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||5-4||104|
|18||12||John Brown (Ark.)||6-3||96|
|19||NR||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||9-3||92|
|25||NR||LSU Shreveport (La.)||9-0||49|
Dropped from the rankings: No. 20 Loyola (La.), No. 15 Central Methodist (Mo.), No. 25 Talladega (Ala.) and No. 22 Cumberland (Tenn.)
Others receiving votes: Loyola 40, Central Methodist 40, Pikeville (Ky.) 32, Providence (Mont.) 14, Arizona Christian 9, Talladega (Ala.) 9, Xavier (La.) 6 and Cumberland (Tenn.) 3
^Top 25 ranking in Coaches’ Poll on Dec. 5