2015 Women?s Division II Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll - No. 3 (Jan. 5)

2015 Women?s Division II Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll - No. 3 (Jan. 5)

By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Saint Xavier (Ill.) is No. 1 for the second-straight edition of the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The fourth regular-season installment will be released on Jan. 12.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dated back to 1991):

• Saint Xavier (Ill.) (17-0) remains in the top spot after receiving 9-of-the-10 possible first-place votes. The Cougars received 250 total points.
• The final first-place vote went to No. 2 Morningside (Iowa) (14-1). The Mustangs finished eight points behind Saint Xavier with 242 points.
• No. 3 Marian (Ind.) (13-3) (225 points), No. 4 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) (13-2) (218 points) and No. 5 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (13-1) (215 points) round out the top five.
• Nine of the 12 conferences/unaffiliated groups/Association of Independent Institutions are represented in the Top 25.
• The Great Plains Athletic Conference and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference leads all leagues with five teams represented each.
• No. 23 Kansas Wesleyan (14-3), No. 24 Warner Pacific (Ore.) (10-2) and No. 25 Milligan (Tenn.) (13-3) are the newcomers in this week’s installment.
• Only two undefeated teams remain in the Top 25 – Saint Xavier and No. 12 Southern Oregon (13-0).
• Dakota Wesleyan highlighted the positive movement, as it jumped seven spots.
• Hastings (Neb.) (11-4) had the biggest fall, as it dropped 12 positions to No. 15.
• No. 8 Indian Wesleyan (14-2) has the most No. 1 rankings in NAIA history with 33. Morningside is second with 24.
• Morningside holds the active streak of being ranked in the Top 25 (117). College of the Ozarks’ streak of 110-straight is second.
• College of the Ozarks (2007-08), Morningside (2008-09) and Saint Francis (Ind.) (1999-00) are the only teams to go the entire season ranked No. 1.

Poll Methodology:

• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2015-16 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (Jan. 5)

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL WON LOST FINAL POINTS
1 1 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 17 0 250
2 2 Morningside (Iowa) 14 1 242
3 7 Marian (Ind.) 13 3 225
4 5 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 13 2 218
5 12 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 13 1 215
6 8 Davenport (Mich.) 12 3 212
7 T10 St. Francis (Ill.) 13 1 204
8 9 Indiana Wesleyan 14 2 194
9 6 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 12 3 181
10 14 Concordia (Neb.) 11 3 179
11 4 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 12 3 170
12 15 Southern Oregon 13 0 167
13 T10 Jamestown (N.D.) 15 4 155
14 12 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 12 3 149
15 3 Hastings (Neb.) 11 4 135
16 15 Purdue Calumet (Ind.) 12 3 123
17 17 Bryan (Tenn.) 14 1 118
18 18 Haskell (Kan.) 13 3 109
19 20 Huntington (Ind.) 11 5 104
20 21 Tabor (Kan.) 10 6 91
21 19 Dickinson State (N.D.) 11 4 87
22 25 Lawrence Tech (MI) 10 1 74
23 RV Kansas Wesleyan 14 3 70
24 NR Warner Pacific (Ore.) 10 2 54
25 RV Milligan (Tenn.) 13 3 48

Dropped from the Top 25: Northwestern (Iowa) (No. 22), Oregon Tech (No. 23) and Goshen (Ind.) (No. 24).

Others Receiving Votes: Indiana Northwest 37; Goshen (Ind.) 36; Southeastern (Fla.) 35; Oregon Tech 35; Friends (Kan.) 30; Asbury (Ky.) 18; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 12.

^ Ranking based off the NAIA Women’s Division II Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll No. 2 (Dec. 8)

Championship Information

NAIA DII Women's Basketball Championship

29th ANNUAL DIVISION II 
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
March 11-17, 2020
Tyson Events Center 
Sioux City, Iowa