Red Raider Women Finish 11th In NAIA Coaches’ Poll

Northwestern College dropped one spot in this week’s edition of the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball coaches’ poll released by the national office Wednesday.

The Red Raiders slid out of the top 10 and into the 11th spot in the final regular season edition of the coaches’ poll. They are 22-8 on the year as they prepare to play in the next week’s Division II National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa. Northwestern is one of five teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference in the top 25, joining Concordia (2), Dakota Wesleyan (7), Hastings (12) and Morningside (13).

Southeastern (Fla.), the lone unbeaten team remaining in NAIA D-II at 29-0, ends the regular season in the top spot for the third straight poll. The Fire earned 11 of the 12 possible first place votes. Concordia is second and received the final first place vote, followed by College of the Ozarks (Mo.), Saint Xavier (Ill.) and Marian (Ind.)

2017-18 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll-Final (Feb. 28)

RANK WEEK SCHOOL [1st Place Votes] Record FINAL POINTS
1 1 Southeastern (Fla.) [11] 29-0 312
2 2 Concordia (Neb.) [1]   32-1 302
3 3 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 30-1 292
4 4 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 29-2 282
5 5 Marian (Ind.) 21-2 272
6 6 Eastern Oregon 30-2 262
7 8 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)   27-2 252
8 7 Jamestown (N.D.) 29-4 240
9 9 Indiana Tech 29-3 225
10 11 Southern Oregon 27-4 221
11 10 Northwestern (Iowa) 22-8 220
12 12 Hastings (Neb.)   24-6 202
13 13 Morningside (Iowa)   21-11 188
14 16 Valley City State (N.D.) 25-4 176
15 18 Taylor (Ind.) 23-10 172
16 14 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 23-9 166
17 15 Indiana Wesleyan 24-8 148
18 17 Northwest Christian (Ore.) 23-6 141
19 19 St. Francis (Ill.) 20-9 120
20 22 Rio Grande (Ohio) 30-3 118
21 20 Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 25-6 113
22 21 Friends (Kan.) 24-8 110
23 23 Bryan (Tenn.) 25-9 98
24 24 Antelope Valley (Calif.) 22-6 77
25 25 Reinhardt (Ga.) 26-9 72

Others receiving votes: Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 41; Indiana East 32; Bellevue (Neb.) 23; St. Thomas (Fla.) 21; Concordia (Mich.) 18; Oklahoma Wesleyan 17; Oregon Tech 11; Tabor (Kan.) 8; Alice Lloyd (Ky.) 8; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 5; Stillman (Ala.) 4

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