2014-15 NAIA Division II Women?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Feb. 3
By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, MO. – At 24-0, the Morningside (Iowa) Mustangs are once again the unanimous top-ranked team in the 2014-15 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The No. 1 squad earned all 14 first-place votes and 374 total points for a seventh-straight week, wrapping up its 27th top-billing in school history in the process.
The Mustangs, who lead the NAIA in victories (24), added two more double-digit home victories to their resume since the Jan. 27 poll – Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (89-74) and Nebraska Wesleyan (79-59) on Jan. 27 and Jan. 31.
In the victory over the Prairie Wolves, Ashlynn Muhl and Jessica Tietz dominated the action with 20 and 17 points, respectively. Muhl made 7-of-11 field goal attempts, while Tietz hit on 9-of-14 shots. Muhl also had a game-high 10 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season.
Morningside now owns a school record 34-consecutive home wins, having not lost at the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center since Jan. 9, 2013, a 77-68 defeat to Mount Marty (S.D.).
Remaining at No. 2 is Davenport (Mich.) (22-0) with 362 points. With today’s rating, the Panthers have been ranked in 97 releases in-a-row, dating back to Feb. 7, 2007, when the team was No. 25.
Most recently, Davenport ran away from Madonna (Mich.), 78-51, on Jan. 31. After a cold start, the Panthers used a 19-0 run to take the lead mid-way through the opening half to cruise to victory. They now are 16-0 in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) action, and continue to pair with the Mustangs as the only undefeated schools remaining in the 2014-15 season.
Davenport hosts Lawrence Tech (Mich.) tomorrow night.
Four of the top five schools in the poll remain the same from a week ago, as Concordia (Neb.) (23-1) (350 points) holds at No. 3. The Bulldogs have won 18-consecutive contests since dropping to No. 1 Morningside, 78-70, on Nov. 15. Concordia faces Nebraska Wesleyan tomorrow.
In at No. 4 is Saint Xavier (Ill.) (21-2) (338 points), and moving into the top five is Indiana Wesleyan (21-3) (322 points), up from No. 6 on Jan. 27.
No. 7 Marian (Ind.) and No. 8 Purdue Calumet (Ind.) are the biggest risers this week, both jumping up three spots. Fifteenth-ranked College of Saint Mary (Neb.) fell the furthest of any program, plummeting from No. 9 following losses to then-No. 14 Oklahoma Wesleyan and Haskell (Kan.).
Union (Ky.) – who is ranked twenty-fourth – is the lone newcomer to the rating. The Bulldogs upset then-No. 8 Tennessee Wesleyan, 68-66, on Feb. 1.
Ten conferences/Association of Independent Institutions/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four teams from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Crossroads League and Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference and 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 eighth regular-season Top 25 Poll will be released Feb. 10.
Notes: (All information dates back to the 1999 – 2000 season) The top four schools remained the same slot from last week, as the back-end of the top 10 shuffled… 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 nine… Preseason No. 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) drops from No. 7 to No. 9… Indiana Wesleyan has appeared at the top of the poll on 35 occasions, the most of any program, followed by Morningside with 27 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 (137) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (124) are the only teams that have been ranked in the Top 25 for over 100 consecutive weeks… Davenport (Mich.) is next with 97 Top 25s in-a-row… 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 (Feb. 3)
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2014-15 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Morningside (Iowa) (14)||24-0||374|
|4||4||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||21-2||338|
|6||5||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||19-3||318|
|8||11||Purdue Calumet (Ind.)||18-4||275|
|9||7||Saint Francis (Ind.)||17-7||265|
|15||9||College of Saint Mary (Neb.)||16-6||206|
|17||18||Robert Morris (Ill.)||17-3||177|
|18||19||College of the Ozarks (Mo.)||15-6||164|
|20||20||Siena Heights (Mich.)||19-5||152|
|22||22||Briar Cliff (Iowa)||17-7||121|
Others Receiving Votes: St. Thomas (Fla.) 41; Point Park (Pa.) 34; Southwestern (Kan.) 33; Southeastern (Fla.) 29; Ashford (Iowa) 26; Rio Grande (Ohio) 23; Valley City State (N.D.) 21; Northwestern (Iowa) 15; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 12; Mayville State (N.D.) 9; Haskell (Kan.) 6; Goshen (Ind.) 4; Cornerstone (Mich.) 3.
^ 2014-15 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (Jan. 27)