2014-15 NAIA Division II Women?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Dec. 9

2014-15 NAIA Division II Women?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Dec. 9

KANSAS CITY, MO. –¬†For the second-straight release, the Mustangs of Morningside (Iowa) are the top team in the 2014-15 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Mustangs also claimed all 14 first-place votes and 374 total points for the second-consecutive week.

The top billing for Morningside is the school’s 22nd all-time. Before earning the top spot in the Dec. 2 poll, the program last saw the top of the standings on Feb. 27, 2013.

After the Mustangs (11-0) took care of business against then-No. 15 Northwestern (Iowa), 95-62, on Nov. 25, the team traveled to Mitchell, S.D., for date with Dakota Wesleyan on Dec. 3. The top-ranked squad had its hands full in the entire game – coming back from a 10-point, second half deficit – and narrowly escaping the upset with a 76-71 victory. Lexi Ackerman led the Mustangs with 19 points to share game-high scoring honors with Dakota Wesleyan’s Celeste Beck. Ackerman was 8-of-11 from the field, to go along with five rebounds and five dimes.

The win upped Morningside’s Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) record to 5-0.

Remaining at No. 2 is Davenport (Mich.) (9-0) with 361 points. The Panthers are riding high after two impressive wins over then-No. 10 Siena Heights (Mich.) on Dec. 3, 88-41, and Cornerstone (Mich.), 73-42, on Dec. 6.

The rest of the top five remains intact from last week’s release, as No. 3 Concordia (Neb.) (10-1) collected 350 points. The third spot is the highest rating the Bulldogs have received since being ranked third on Jan. 29, 2013.The only blemish for Concordia came at the hands of Morningside back on Nov. 15.

In fourth is Saint Xavier (Ill.) (9-1) and 339 points, followed by Indiana Wesleyan (9-1) at No. 5 with 323 points.

No. 12 Marian (Ind.) is the biggest winner in this week’s Top 25, jumping up five slots from No. 17 thanks to a 10-1 record and a perfect 5-0 home mark. Thirteenth-ranked Siena Heights slid down from No. 10, the furthest within the rating.

Two newcomers – No. 24 Concordia (Ore.) and No. 25 Mayville State (N.D.) – join this week’s poll.

Twelve conferences/Association of Independent Institutions/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four teams from the GPAC and Crossroads League. The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference are tied for second with three teams ranked in the poll.

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 third regular season edition of the Top 25 Poll will be announced on Jan. 6.

Notes: (All information dates back to the 1999 – 2000 season) Only two schools within the top 10 changed their positions from the Dec. 2 release… Two Great Plains Athletic Conference members, No. 1 Morningside (Iowa) and No. 3 Concordia (Neb.), claim a top-three position… Preseason No. 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) remains 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 22… 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 (132) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (119) 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 II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (Dec. 9)

RANK

LAST WEEK^

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2014-15 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Morningside (Iowa) (14)

11-0

374

2

2

Davenport (Mich.)

9-0

361

3

3

Concordia (Neb.)

10-1

350

4

4

Saint Xavier (Ill.)

9-1

339

5

5

Indiana Wesleyan

9-1

323

6

6

Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)

8-2

309

7

6

College of Saint Mary (Neb.)

10-1

305

8

8

Saint Francis (Ind.)

10-3

288

9

9

Friends (Kan.)

10-2

283

10

11

Jamestown (N.D.)

7-3

248

11

12

Purdue Calumet (Ind.)

9-2

244

12

17

Marian (Ind.)

10-1

238

13

10

Siena Heights (Mich.)

7-2

233

14

14

Menlo (Calif.)

7-2

205

15

13

Southern Oregon

8-1

200

16

16

Huntington (Ind.)

8-2

191

17

15

Tennessee Wesleyan

10-1

186

18

19

St. Ambrose (Iowa)

5-2

170

19

20

College of the Ozarks (Mo.)

6-4

164

20

22

Oklahoma Wesleyan

9-2

144

21

21

Doane (Neb.)

7-6

135

22

24

Point Park (Pa.)

7-1

111

23

23

Hastings (Neb.)

6-5

92

24

NR

Concordia (Ore.)

7-1

90

25

RV

Mayville State (N.D.)

7-3

70

Others Receiving Votes: Madonna (Mich.) 51; Robert Morris (Ill.) 48; Oregon Tech 43; Haskell (Kan.) 43; Union (Ky.) 38; Asbury (Ky.) 20; Kansas Wesleyan 18; Indiana Northwest 10; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 9; Bryan (Tenn.) 9; Webber International (Fla.) 4; Eastern Oregon 4.

^ 2014-15 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (Dec. 2, 2014)

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