KANSAS CITY, MO. (Dec. 4, 2019) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's basketball moves to No. 16 from No. 6 in the first 2019-2020 NAIA D1 Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Campbellsville moves up to No. 1.
Other Red River Athletic Conference members who received votes, missing the Top 25 rankings, include LSU-Shreveport (10) and LSU-Alexandria (8).
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
- At the conclusion of last season, OLLU was ranked No. 12 after a Fab Four finish - the best finish than any other OLLU team. They started the postseason at nationals with an 89-84 defeat over Loyola University, and they went on to beat Wayland Baptist University 96-93. The women then faced Campbellsville University and advanced to the Fab Four round after winning 94-88. The Saints ended their run with a 70-85 loss to Oklahoma City University.
- The Saints have made every Top 25 Poll since 2012-2013. Their highest ranking was No. 1 (six consecutive weeks) in the 2015-2016 season.
- The Saints, who play one of the toughest schedules in the NAIA, have started their season with a 3-4 record. Their losses included to the No. 5-ranked Wayland Baptist University (79-87), No. 8 Westmont (71-78), No. 4 The Master's University (68-85) and No. 3 Oklahoma City University (85-93).
- Campbellsville is off to an 11-0 start in 2019. The tigers most recently have captured wins over then-ranked No. 14 MidAmerica Nazarene and then-ranked No. 8 Westmont.
- New to the Top 25: No. 12 Lewis Clark State, No. 14 Montana State-Northern
- Only one team remained at the same rank: No. 15 Lindsey Wilson
- Vanguard and Westmont moved into the Top 5 this week.
- Oklahoma City holds the longest active streak in the Top 25 with 255 total appearances dating back to the 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 schools with 59 No. 1 rankings. Oklahoma City is second with 50 and Vanguard is third with 45.
- 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 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."
2019-2020 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]||RECORD||POINTS|
|1||2||Campbellsville (Ky.) ||11-0||219|
|2||3||Oklahoma City ||8-0||210|
|3||4||The Master's (Calif.)||7-0||207|
|6||5||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||6-2||185|
|7||11||Shawnee State (Ohio)||9-1||179|
|8||12||Central Methodist (Mo.)||7-1||171|
|12||NR||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||5-1||130|
|15||15||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||8-1||122|
|16||6||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||3-4||112|
|18||14||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||4-2||105|
|19||17||Providence (Mont.) (Mont.)||6-1||89|
|20||21||Thomas More (Ky.)||6-0||84|
|25||18||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||5-1||48|
Receiving Votes: Evangel (Mo.) 30, Montana Western 27, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 26, Science & Arts of Oklahoma 14, Benedictine (Kan.) 12, Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 11, LSU Shreveport (La.) 10, Philander Smith (Ark.) 9, LSU Alexandria (La.) 8, Faulkner (Ala.) 3, Pikeville (Ky.) 3