By Katie Green, Manager of Athletic Communications & Media
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Shawnee State (Ohio) became the third team this year to overtake the No. 1 spot in the 2017-18 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
-This is the first time that the Bears have ever been ranked No. 1 in the Coaches’ Top 25 Poll
-Shawnee State’s only losses came at the hands of Taylor University (Ind.), Indiana Wesleyan and Bethel (Tenn.) early in the season.
-There were three polls that joined the Top 25 this week: No. 16 Central Methodist (Mo.), No. 22 Loyola (La.) and No. 24 Science & Arts (Okla.).
-Oklahoma City holds the longest active streak in the Top 25 with 244 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).
-Union (Tenn.) leads all NAIA school with 53 No. 1 rankings. Oklahoma City is second with 50 and Vanguard (Calif.) is third with 44.
-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 rating) 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 team appears on.
-Teams that receive only one point
-The frequency of polls occurs 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
2017-18 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 5 (Feb. 13)
|RANK||WEEK||SCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES]||RECORD||POINTS|
|1||2||Shawnee State (Ohio) ||23-3||219|
|5||6||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||20-3||193|
|6||5||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||20-4||180|
|10||9||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||20-5||156|
|12||15||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||20-4||138|
|13||17||LSU Shreveport (La.)||25-1||135|
|14||18||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||19-7||126|
|16||NR||Central Methodist (Mo.)||19-7||110|
|24||NR||Science & Arts (Okla.)||21-4||59|
Dropped from the rankings: No. 20 Martin Methodist (Tenn.), No. 12 Baker (Kan.), No. 19 Providence (Mont.)
Others receiving votes: Martin Methodist, 54, Baker 39, The Masters (Calif.) 29, Providence 16, William Penn (Iowa) 14, Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 7, Cumberland (Tenn.) 3, John Brown (Ark.) 3