KANSAS CITY, MO. (Jan. 30, 2018) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball team has dropped from 15th to 18th in the 2017-2018 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday. Freed-Hardeman holds onto the No. 1 spot for the second-straight week.
Joining the Saints in the Top 25 Poll from the Red River Athletic Conference is LSU-Shreveport, which jumped ahead of the Saints at No. 17. In the conference poll, the Saints are second behind LSU-Shreveport.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
- The Saints are first in the NAIA in scoring offense/game (88.87/2026) and in turnover margin; fourth in total steals (297); fifth in total 3-point field goals made (183); seventh in steals/game (12.913); and eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (.365).
- Freed-Hardeman, for the second week in-a-row, has claimed all nine of the first-place votes.
- Westmont made the largest jump in the polls this week, moving up six spots from No. 12 to No. 6.
- There is only one new team entering the Top 25 this week, No. 24 Montana Western. Montana Western returns to to Top 25 after falling out of it in the last ranking.
- Oklahoma City holds the longest active streak in the Top 25 with 243 total appearances dating back to 1997-98 school year.
- 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).
- Union leads all NAIA school with 53 No. 1 rankings. Oklahoma City is second with 50 and Vanguard is third with 44.
- 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 team 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. 4 (Jan. 30)
|RANK||WEEK||SCHOOL [First Place Votes]||Record||FINAL POINTS|
|18||15||Our Lady of the Lake||16-6||95|
Dropped from the rankings: No. 23 Lewis-Clark State
Others receiving votes: The Master's 41, Science and Arts 30, Loyola 27, Central Methodist 26, Lewis-Clark State 8, John Brown 5, Cumberland 5, Mid-America Christian 3