Lady Lions remain No. 1 in latest NAIA Coach's Poll

Lady Lions remain No. 1 in latest NAIA Coach's Poll

Tue, Jan. 3, 2017 - [Women's Basketball]

Courtesy of NAIA Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second-consecutive poll, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) locks down the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Lions claimed nine of the 10 first-places votes and 250 total points.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999-2000)

Freed-Hardeman repeats as the No. 1 team after ending the 2016 portion of its schedule with a 13-0 record. The Lions are one of four unbeaten teams remaining in NAIA Division I – No. 2 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (15-0), No. 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (13-0) and Montana Western (13-0) are the others.

The top billing is the 20th for the Lions since the 1999-2000 season, which trails only former member Union (Tenn.) (53), Oklahoma City (49) and Vanguard (Calif.) (41) for most during that span.

Freed-Hardeman currently leads the America Midwest Conference with a 7-0 league mark. The Lions boast a 28.7-point average margin of victory in conference contests.

No. 2 Lewis-Clark State claimed the remaining first-place vote en route to a second-straight No. 2 ranking. This is the first time that the Warriors have posted consecutive top five rankings since checking in at No. 5 and No. 4 in the first and second regular-season editions during the 2011-12 season.

Lewis-Clark State’s 15 victories are the second-most in the NAIA, trailing only No. 10 Shawnee State (Ohio), which enters Tuesday with a 17-1 mark.

No. 3 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 4 Lindsey Wilson each jumped two places, while No. 5 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) fell two spots to round out the top five.

No. 15 Cumberland (Tenn.) posted the greatest upward movement in the poll, jumping four places from its No. 19 position in the Dec. 6 poll. The Phoenix have won three of their last four with their only loss coming against No. 7 Campbellsville (Ky.), 91-83, in overtime on Dec. 1. Cumberland takes on Fisk (Tenn.) Saturday before returning to Mid-South Conference (MSC) action on Jan. 9 against Lindsey Wilson.

Benedictine (Kan.) fell further than any other team with a five-spot fall. The Ravens, who are 7-5 overall, are 1-3 in their four games with all three defeats coming against ranked opponents. Benedictine looks to right the ship Wednesday at Missouri Valley.

Freed-Hardeman and Oklahoma City have been listed in all 207 polls dating back to the start of the 1999-2000 season. No. 6 Vanguard is next in line with 174-straight mentions.

Eight of 10 conferences are represented in the poll.

The MSC leads all leagues with five teams represented – Lindsey Wilson, Campbellsville, Shawnee State, Cumberland and No. 23 Pikeville (Ky.).

In total, 27 teams have been ranked in the Top 25 this season.

Union and Vanguard are the only programs to have spent an entire season ranked No. 1 (Union: 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11) (Vanguard: 2005-06, 2006-07).

2016-17 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2 (Jan. 3)

RANK

PRVS

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

Record

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (9)

13-0

250

2

2

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (1)

15-0

242

3

4

Westmont (Calif.)

12-1

231

4

5

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

13-0

228

5

3

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

9-2

216

6

T6

Vanguard (Calif.)

12-1

207

7

T6

Campbellsville (Ky.)

14-2

206

8

9

Oklahoma City

11-1

192

9

8

Lyon (Ark.)

10-2

182

10

10

Shawnee State (Ohio)

17-1

180

11

11

Montana State-Northern

11-2

172

12

13

Columbia (Mo.)

12-2

156

13

14

Great Falls (Mont.)

11-2

153

14

12

Baker (Kan.)

9-3

150

15

19

Cumberland (Tenn.)

11-2

135

16

17

Central Methodist (Mo.)

10-2

130

17

16

The Master’s (Calif.)

9-3

123

18

20

John Brown (Ark.)

9-4

108

19

14

Benedictine (Kan.)

7-5

101

20

22

Loyola (La.)

11-2

91

21

18

Bethel (Tenn.)

8-6

90

22

21

Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)

8-6

85

23

24

Pikeville (Ky.)

11-4

72

24

23

Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.)

9-4

63

25

25

Carroll (Mont.)

11-3

47


Dropped from the Top 25: none 

Others receiving votes: Montana Western 40; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 39; Talladega (Ala.) 33; Biola (Calif.) 19; Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) 8; Wiley (Texas) 8; William Penn (Iowa) 8; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 6; William Woods (Mo.) 6; Xavier (La.) 4.