2014-15 NAIA Division II Women?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Jan. 13
By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, MO. – For the 24th time in program history, Morningside (Iowa) is the No. 1 team in the 2014-15 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The top spot for the Mustangs puts them in a tie with Saint Francis (Ind.) for the second-most top nods in NAIA history
Morningside also claimed all 14 first-place votes and 374 total points for a fourth-consecutive release.
The Mustangs (20-0) earned two road victories this week, as the squad handled Dordt (Iowa), 64-37, on Jan. 7, followed by a close call against Doane (Neb.) on Jan. 10. Morningside got all it wanted from the Tigers as the Mustangs escaped in overtime, 88-86, despite nine 3-pointers from McKenna Dodd of Doane. Morningside was led by Mandy Osborne and Ashlynn Muhl, who both scored 20 points. Muhl added 15 rebounds, helping her team to collect 25 offensive boards and outscore Doane in second-chance points, 21-14.
Up next for the Mustangs is a date with No. 17 Hastings (Neb.). With a win, Morningside would earn a school-record 32nd-straight victory at the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center. The top-ranked team has not lost a home game since Jan. 9, 2013 – a 77-68 defeat against Mount Marty (S.D.).
Davenport (Mich.) (16-0) maintains its position at No. 2 with 362 points. The Panthers also had a perfect 2-0 week since the Jan. 6 publication of the Top 25. Davenport took care of business by handling Lawrence Tech (Mich.) (70-47) and Concordia (Mich.) (83-45) on Jan. 7 and Jan. 10, respectively.
The Panthers join the Mustangs as the only undefeated schools remaining in the 2014-15 season. Davenport puts its perfect record on the line against Lourdes (Ohio) on Wednesday.
The rest of the top five remains in a standstill from last week, as Concordia (Neb.) (18-1) (350 points) sits at No. 3. The Bulldogs are fresh off a 90-80 win over Northwestern (Iowa) on Jan. 10. Concordia’s only blemish on the year came at the hands of the top-ranked Mustangs, 78-70, on Nov. 15. The third spot is the highest the Bulldogs have been ranked since also being No. 3 on Jan. 29, 2013.
Saint Xavier (Ill.) (15-2) (338 points) and Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) (14-2) (326 points) – two members of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) – are rated in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Inside the Top 25, No. 11 Tennessee Wesleyan was the biggest riser this week, climbing three positions from No. 14. Siena Heights (Mich.) dropped the most of any team, falling from No. 11 to No. 17 (tie.).
Four new schools – No. 21 Robert Morris (Ill.), No. 24 Madonna (Mich.), No. 25 Briar Cliff (Iowa) and No. 25 Webber International (Fla.) (tie) – join the rating.
Thirteen conferences/Association of Independent Institutions/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four teams from the CCAC, Crossroads League and the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference has the second-most teams ranked with three.
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 fifth regular-season edition of the Top 25 Poll will be revealed on Jan. 20.
Notes: (All information dates back to the 1999 – 2000 season) The top seven schools held their ground from the Jan. 6 poll, with No. 8 College of Saint Mary (Neb.) being the first team to change positions… 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.) held steady this week at 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 Morningside and Saint Francis with 24… 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 (134) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (121) 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. 13)
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2014-15 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Morningside (Iowa) (14)||20-0||374|
|4||4||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||15-2||338|
|5||5||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||14-2||326|
|7||7||Saint Francis (Ind.)||13-5||287|
|8||10||College of Saint Mary (Neb.)||11-3||280|
|9||8||Purdue Calumet (Ind.)||13-3||264|
|T17||11||Siena Heights (Mich.)||13-4||183|
|20||20||College of the Ozarks (Mo.)||9-5||131|
|21||RV||Robert Morris (Ill.)||12-3||127|
|23||23||Mayville State (N.D.)||10-3||84|
|T25||NR||Briar Cliff (Iowa)||14-5||68|
|T25||RV||Webber International (Fla.)||11-1||68|
Others Receiving Votes: Eastern Oregon, 67; Point Park (Pa.), 61; Union (Ky.), 41; Southwestern (Kan.), 37; St. Ambrose (Iowa), 23; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 13; Oregon Tech, 9; Goshen (Ind.), 8; Kansas Wesleyan, 7.
^ 2014-15 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (Jan. 6)