By Katie Green, Manager of Athletics Communications and Media
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) claims the No. 1 spot in the 2017-18 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday. The Lions garnered nine first-place votes.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
-Freed-Hardeman has gone 5-0 since the last ranking.
-The Lions lead the NAIA in scoring margin (29.6).
-There are four new teams in the poll this week: No 14 Providence (Mont.), No. 15 Menlo (Calif.), No. 18 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) and No. 24 Arizona Christian.
-Oklahoma City holds the longest active streak in the Top 25 with 242 total appearances 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.
2017-18 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 3 (Jan. 16)
|RANK||WEEK||SCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES]||RECORD||POINTS|
|1||2||Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) ||16-2||219|
|4||4||Shawnee State (Ohio)||16-3||198|
|6||6||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||14-2||185|
|8||12||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||14-3||165|
|8||5||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||11-3||165|
|15||17||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||13-5||115|
|18||NR||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||14-2||95|
|19||24||LSU Shreveport (La.)||18-0||88|
|22||23||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||15-4||72|
|23||7||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||12-5||71|
Dropped from the rankings: No. 19 John Brown (Ark.), No. 15 The Master’s (Calif.) and No. 10 Montana Western
Others receiving votes: John Brown 54, The Master’s 40, Montana Western 25, Science & Arts (Okla.) 18, Loyola (La.) 16, Central Methodist (Mo.) 15