2014-15 NAIA Division II Women?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Jan. 27
By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, MO. – Since the first regular-season unveiling of the 2014-15 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll on Dec. 2, the Mustangs of Morningside (Iowa) have called the No. 1 spot in the rankings home. This week is no different, as Morningside continues its reign at the top of the rating, the national office announced Tuesday.
The top-ranked school earned all 14 first-place votes and 374 total points for a sixth-consecutive week, and has now been tabbed No. 1 for the 26th time in program history – second all-time in NAIA history behind Indiana Wesleyan (35).
The Mustangs – who own an NAIA-leading 22 victories – are fresh off a successful road trip to Northwestern (Iowa), 75-62, on Jan. 21 in Orange City, Iowa. Morningside returns to Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center, where it has won 32-straight contests, for a two-game stint against Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) and Nebraska Wesleyan on Jan. 28 and Jan. 31, respectively.
The Mustangs have not lost at home since Jan. 9, 2013, a 77-68 defeat to Mount Marty (S.D.).
Davenport (Mich.) (20-0) remains in second position with 362 points. The Panthers hit the 20-win mark by throttling Cornerstone (Mich.) on Jan. 24, 76-48. With a perfect Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) record (14-0), Davenport now has a two-game lead in the conference standings by virtue of then-No. 22 Madonna’s (Mich.) loss on Jan. 24 to Lawrence Tech (Mich.), 86-82, in overtime.
The Panthers and Mustangs continue as the only undefeated schools remaining in the 2014-15 season. Davenport shifts its focus to Aquinas (Mich.) tomorrow evening.
The remainder of the top five mirrors last week’s rating, as Concordia (Neb.) (20-1) (350 points) stands pat at No. 3. The Bulldogs have won 15 games in-a-row since falling to Morningside, 78-70, on Nov. 15. Most recently, Concordia held off 17th-ranked Hastings (Neb.), 82-75, on Jan. 21.
Two Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) schools are next in line, as in at No. 4 is Saint Xavier (Ill.) (19-2) (338 points), and Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) (18-2) (326 points) is fifth.
The first movement within the poll was No. 8 Tennessee Wesleyan, who jumped up two spots from No. 10. Fourteenth-ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan also moved up two slots from No. 16. Multiple schools fell two spots in the rankings, while No. 23 Point Park (Pa.) and No. 25 Eastern Oregon find themselves in the Top 25.
Eleven 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 and the WHAC have the second-most teams in the poll 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 seventh regular-season unveiling of the Top 25 Poll will be Feb. 3.
Notes: (All information dates back to the 1999 – 2000 season) The top seven institutions in the rating remained the same from last week, as No. 8 Tennessee Wesleyan was the first movement… 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 11… Preseason No. 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) remains at No. 7… Indiana Wesleyan has appeared at the top of the poll on 35 occasions, the most of any program, followed by Morningside with 26 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 (136) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (123) 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. 27)
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2014-15 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Morningside (Iowa) (14)||22-0||374|
|4||4||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||19-2||338|
|5||5||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||18-2||326|
|7||7||Saint Francis (Ind.)||16-6||289|
|9||8||College of Saint Mary (Neb.)||16-4||274|
|11||9||Purdue Calumet (Ind.)||16-4||262|
|18||19||Robert Morris (Ill.)||15-3||178|
|19||20||College of the Ozarks (Mo.)||13-6||146|
|20||18||Siena Heights (Mich.)||16-5||145|
|22||24||Briar Cliff (Iowa)||16-7||110|
|T23||RV||Point Park (Pa.)||19-2||88|
Others Receiving Votes: St. Thomas (Fla.) 75; Webber International (Fla.) 42; Ashford (Iowa) 30; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 19; Union (Ky.) 16; Southwestern (Kan.) 11; Goshen (Ind.) 8; Tabor (Kan.) 7; Mayville State (N.D.) 7; Valley City State (N.D.) 6; Southeastern (Fla.) 5; Cornerstone (Mich.) 5; Oregon Tech 4; Kansas Wesleyan 4.
^ 2014-15 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (Jan. 20)