KANSAS CITY, MO. – With a 16-0 mark, the Fighting Saints of St. Francis (Ill.) earned nine first-place votes to remain atop the 2016-17 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday. This is the second-straight week St. Francis has claimed the No. 1 ranking, and only second time the Saints have earned the top spot in program history. The third regular-season installment will be released on Tuesday, Jan. 24.
Just like last week, the Bulldogs of Concordia (Neb.) remain at the heels of St. Francis at No. 2. Concordia is currently 17-1, with its lone loss coming at the hands of defending national champion, Marian (Ind.), in the first game of the season. The Bulldogs lead the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) with a 10-0 record as they head into the second half of the season. Concordia received the remaining three first-place votes this edition.
2016-17 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll No. 3 (Jan. 10)
|1||St. Francis (Ill.) (9)||16-0||310|
|2||Concordia (Neb.) (3)||17-1||304|
|3||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||16-1||288|
|9||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||15-2||238|
|10||College of the Ozarks (Mo.)||14-4||217|
|14||IU Northwest (Ind.)||15-3||186|
|15||Purdue Northwest (Ind.)||14-5||167|
|19||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||13-4||138|
|23||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||13-5||82|
|24||Dickinson State (N.D.)||10-5||73|
Dropped from the rankings: Milligan (Tenn.) (23), Huntington (Ind.) (25)
Others receiving votes: Oregon Tech 50; Milligan (Tenn.) 39; Kansas Wesleyan 29; Point Park (Pa.) 27; Huntington (Ind.) 26; Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 17; Valley City State (N.D.) 12; Midland (Neb.) 9; Keiser (Fla.) 3