KANSAS CITY, MO. (Jan. 16, 2018) – Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) has improved from No. 17 to No. 15 in the 2017-2018 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday. Freed-Hardeman claims the No. 1 spot after garnering nine first-place votes.
Joining the Saints in the Top 25 Poll from the Red River Athletic Conference is LSU-Shreveport, which improved from 24 to 19 this week.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
- The Saints are on top of the NAIA rankings in total scoring offense (1,629) and turnover margin (11.684). They are second in scoring offense per game (85.737), third in steals (251), seventh in total 3-point field goals made (147) and ninth in steals per game (13.211).
- The Lions lead the NAIA in scoring margin (29.6).
- There are four new teams in the poll this week: No 14 Providence, No. 15 Menlo, No. 18 Rocky Mountain and No. 24 Arizona Christian.
- Oklahoma City holds the longest active streak in the Top 25 with 242 total appearances dating back to 1997-98 school year. Earlier in the season, the Saints defeated the Stars in double-overtime.
- The Saints also defeated the No. 13-ranked Baker 77-64. They lost to No. 5 Wayland Baptist, 100-80 and No. 9 Benedictine, 86-81.
- Other Top 25 action for the Saints included a loss to then No. 22-ranked and now No. 21-ranked Montana State University-Northern. The Saints defeated the University of Providence 80-68 - the team recieved 26 votes in the current poll.
- The Saints entered the preason poll ranked No. 13. They have spent the entire 2012-2013, 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 season in the Top 25 Poll. In the last two polls, the Saints were ranked No. 17.
- The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.
- 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"
- Frequency of polls occur bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) for the 2016-17 academic season. This change will allow raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work in between rating periods.
- For the complete ratings calendar, click here.
2017-2018 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll – No. 3 (Jan. 16)
|RANK||WEEK||SCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES]||RECORD||POINTS|
|15||17||Our Lady of the Lake||13-5||115|
Dropped from the rankings: No. 19 John Brown, No. 15 The Master's and No. 10 Montana Western
Others receiving votes: John Brown 54, The Master's 40, Montana Western 25, Science & Arts 18, Loyola 16, Central Methodist 15