2014-15 NAIA Division II Women?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Jan. 6
By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, MO. – For the third-consecutive edition, Morningside (Iowa) is atop 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 third-straight week.
The top spot is Morningside’s 23rd all-time No. 1 ranking in school history, one shy of the second-most top-billings in NAIA history.
Since the Dec. 9th Top 25 Poll, the Mustangs (18-0) have won seven games-in-a row. On Jan. 3, the squad held off cross-town rival Briar Cliff (Iowa), 87-82, at home in the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center. With the victory, the top-team tied a school record with its 31st-consecutive home win.
Morningside hasn’t lost a home game since Jan. 9, 2013 – a 77-68 defeat against Mount Marty (S.D.). The Mustangs have a chance to set a new home mark on Jan. 17 against No. 19 Hastings (Neb.), but must first take care of both Dordt (Iowa) and Doane (Neb.) on the road.
Continuing at No. 2 is Davenport (Mich.) (13-0) with 362 points. The Panthers’ offense has been powerful throughout the season thus far, averaging over 82 points per contest, which ranks 11th in the NAIA. Since Dec. 13, 2014, the team has gone 3-0 – including a win over then-No. 8 Saint Francis (Ind.), 59-46. In the other two triumphs during that stretch, Davenport’s offense hit the century mark.
Coming in at No. 3 is Concordia (Neb.) (16-1), which collected 350 points. This is the highest the Bulldogs have been rated since also being ranked third on Jan. 29, 2013. Morningside is the only school to best Concordia, which occurred on Nov. 15, 78-70.
Two Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) members round out the top five, as Saint Xavier (Ill.) (13-2) remains at No. 4 and 338 points. The only newcomer in the top five – Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) (13-2) – is fifth with 326 points.
Within the poll, Hastings made the most noise in this week’s Top 25, jumping up four positions from No. 23. On the opposite end, Jamestown (N.D.) fell the furthest of any program – dropping from No. 10 to No. 15.
Two new schools joined the Top 25 this week – No. 21 Asbury (Ky.) and No. 23 Mayville State (N.D.).
Twelve conferences/Association of Independent Institutions/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four teams from the Crossroads League. The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Great Plains 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 fourth regular season publication of the Top 25 Poll will be announced on Jan. 13.
Notes: (All information dates back to the 1999 – 2000 season) Only the top four schools in the poll held their position since the Dec. 9 release… Two Great Plains Athletic Conference members, No. 1 Morningside (Iowa) and No. 3 Concordia (Neb.), continue to claim a top-three position… The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and Crossroads League both have three schools in the top 10… Preseason No. 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) moved up one spot this week to No. 7…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 23… 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 (133) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (120) 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 (Jan. 6)
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2014-15 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Morningside (Iowa) (14)||18-0||374|
|4||4||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||13-2||338|
|5||6||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||13-2||326|
|7||8||Saint Francis (Ind.)||12-4||297|
|8||11||Purdue Calumet (Ind.)||13-2||278|
|10||7||College of Saint Mary (Neb.)||11-3||266|
|11||13||Siena Heights (Mich.)||12-3||249|
|20||19||College of the Ozarks (Mo.)||9-5||130|
|22||18||St. Ambrose (Iowa)||8-4||95|
|23||25||Mayville State (N.D.)||9-3||88|
|25||22||Point Park (Pa.)||12-2||74|
Others Receiving Votes: Robert Morris (Ill.) 72; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 71; Webber International (Fla.) 48;Union (Ky.) 43; Kansas Wesleyan 32; Oregon Tech 15; Madonna (Mich.) 9; Southwestern (Kan.) 8; Haskell (Kan.) 8; Ashford (Iowa) 6; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 6; Bryan (Tenn.) 4; Valley City State (N.D.) 3.
^ 2014-15 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (Dec. 9, 2014)