By Katie Green, Manager of Athletic Communications & Media
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Shawnee State (Ohio) holds the No. 1 spot in the latest edition of 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):
-Shawnee State’s only losses came at the hands of Taylor University (Ind.), Indiana Wesleyan and Bethel (Tenn.) early in the season.
-There was only one team that joined the Top 25 this week: No. 21 Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
-Oklahoma City holds the longest active streak in the Top 25 with 245 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 final regular-season Top 25 poll will be released Wednesday, March 7 in conjunction with the championship bracket reveal. The live video announcement will begin at 6 p.m. CDT on the NAIA Facebook page.
-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 in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes.”
-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 ratings calendar, click here.
2017-18 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 6 (Feb. 27)
|RANK||WEEK||SCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES]||RECORD||POINTS|
|1||1||Shawnee State (Ohio) ||27-3||219|
|8||6||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||23-5||165|
|9||16||Central Methodist (Mo.)||23-7||156|
|10||10||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||24-6||155|
|12||13||LSU Shreveport (La.)||29-1||144|
|13||5||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||23-5||134|
|14||24||Science & Arts (Okla.)||26-4||125|
|15||14||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||22-8||122|
|18||12||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||21-7||100|
|21||NR||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||24-6||77|
Dropped from the rankings: No. 23 Bethel (Tenn.)
Others receiving votes: Bethel (Tenn.) 48, Baker (Kan.) 32, Providence (Mont.) 24, The Master’s (Calif.) 17, Cumberland (Tenn.) 9, Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 7, William Penn (Iowa) 6