2014-15 NAIA Division II Women?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Dec. 2
By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Morningside (Iowa) boasts its 21st all-time No. 1 ranking in the first regular-season edition of the 2014-15 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Mustangs claimed all 14 first-place votes and 374 total points. The 21 all-time top billings is No. 3 on the NAIA charts and a first for Morningside since Feb. 27, 2013.
Moving up one position, the Mustangs take over the top spot from defending national champion Saint Francis (Ind.) – the Cougars were previously the No. 1 team for 12-straight polls dating back to December, 2013. Morningside has gone 10-0 on the season, courtesy of a wide scoring margin (+26.1). Most recently, the Mustangs took down then-No. 15 Northwestern (Iowa), 95-62, on Nov. 25.
No. 2 Davenport (Mich.) improves two positions from the Preseason Top 25. With 362 total points, the Panthers carry a 7-0 record into a battle with No. 10 Siena Heights (Mich.) on Wednesday.
Vaulting up six spots, No. 3 Concordia (Neb.) pulls in 341 total points. The ranking is the highest for the Bulldogs since Jan. 29, 2013 (No. 3). The sole loss for Concordia came at the hands of Morningside back on Nov. 15.
No. 4 Saint Xavier (Ill.) finishes with 340 total points and jumps up two spots from the preseason. Ranked No. 2 in the NAIA in blocks per game (6.0), the Cougars hold a 7-1 season record.
No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan rounds out the top five with 324 points. Despite just one loss (7-1), the Wildcats suffered a two-spot fall.
No. 13 Southern Oregon, behind the strength of a perfect 7-0 mark, improved a poll-best eight positions. No. 23 Hastings (Neb.) falls back after sporting a No. 5-ranking in the preseason.
The rookies in this week’s Top 25 include No. 17 (tie) Marian (Ind.), No. 21 Doane (Neb.), No. 24 Point Park (Pa.) and No. 25 Oregon Tech.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions. For the entire 2014-15 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll schedule, click here.
The second regular-season edition of the Top 25 Poll will be announced on Dec. 9.
Notes: (All information dates back to the 1999 – 2000 season) There were zero teams to hold their position from the Preseason Top 25… Two Great Plains Athletic Conference members, No. 1 Morningside (Iowa) and No. 3 Concordia (Neb.), claim a top-five position… Preseason No. 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) falls back to No. 8 this week…Three teams were ranked No. 1 in the Coaches’ Poll last season: Saint Francis, Northwestern (Iowa) and Indiana Wesleyan … Indiana Wesleyan has appeared at the top of the poll on 35 occasions, the most of any program, followed by Saint Francis with 24 and Morningside with 21 … Fourteen different teams have earned the No. 1 ranking all-time … Three schools have spent an entire season ranked No. 1: Morningside in 2008-09, College of the Ozarks (Mo.) in 2007-08 and Saint Francis in 1999-2000 … In the last 13 years, six teams that were ranked No. 1 in the preseason have gone on to win the national championship, with the last being Northwestern in 2011 and 2012 … Morningside (131) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (118) are the only teams that have been ranked in the Top 25 for over 100 consecutive weeks… Since 2007, the only national champions to hail from a conference other than the Great Plains Athletic Conference are Indiana Wesleyan (2007, 2013) and Saint Francis (2014).
2014-15 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (Dec. 2)
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2014-15 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||Morningside (Iowa) (14)||10-0||374|
|4||6||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||7-1||340|
|T6||8||College of Saint Mary (Neb.)||8-0||307|
|T6||12||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||7-2||307|
|8||1||Saint Francis (Ind.)||9-2||302|
|10||16||Siena Heights (Mich.)||6-1||256|
|12||10||Purdue Calumet (Ind.)||7-2||230|
|19||20||St. Ambrose (Iowa)||4-2||168|
|20||11||College of the Ozarks (Mo.)||4-4||153|
|24||RV||Point Park (Pa.)||5-1||80|
Others Receiving Votes: Mayville State (N.D.) 62; Madonna (Mich.) 46; Robert Morris (Ill.) 46; Union (Ky.) 41; Haskell (Kan.) 34; Kansas Wesleyan 15; Indiana Northwest 15; Asbury (Ky.) 14; Eastern Oregon 14; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 11; St. Thomas (Fla.) 7; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 5; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 4; Bryan (Tenn.) 4; Cornerstone (Mich.) 3.
^ Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll (Oct. 28, 2014)