Red Raider Women Open Season At No.17 In Poll

Northwestern College opens the 2017-18 women’s basketball season ranked 17th in the NAIA Division II coaches’ poll released earlier today by the national office.

The Red Raiders totaled 164 points and hold the #17 spot in the initial poll, trailing No.16 Friends (Kan.) by three points. Northwestern is one of five GPAC teams recognized in the preseason poll, joining Concordia (Neb.), Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), Morningside and Hastings (Neb.).

Two-time defending champion Marian (Ind.) owns the top spot and earned 11 of the 12 possible first place votes. Saint Xavier (Ill.), last year’s runner-up, is second and received the lone remaining first place vote. Concordia, Southeastern (Fla.) and St.Francis (Ill.) round out the top five.

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [1ST PLACE VOTES 2016-17 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Marian (Ind.) [11] 35-3 312
2 2 Saint Xavier (Ill.) [1] 34-3 302
3 3 Concordia (Neb.) 34-3 293
4 5 Southeastern (Fla.) 28-1 276
5 4 St. Francis (Ill.) 34-2 275
6 6 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 28-5 266
7 7 Eastern Oregon 30-5 249
8 9 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 27-7 241
9 8 Jamestown (N.D.) 27-6 236
10 11 Morningside (Iowa) 24-9 225
11 13 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 25-7 207
12 14 Tabor (Kan.) 27-7 193
13 15 Indiana East 29-6 180
14 17 Indiana Tech 25-8 169
15 15 Southern Oregon 27-5 168
16 12 Friends (Kan.) 28-6 167
17 18 Northwestern (Iowa) 20-12 164
18 19 Indiana Northwest 25-7 125
19 NR Reinhardt (Ga.) 27-6 122
20 21 Hastings (Neb.) 22-10 115
21 NR Saint Francis (Ind.) 18-16 110
22 23 Siena Heights (Mich.) 24-10 98
23 NR Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 20-12 91
24 25 Milligan (Tenn.) 23-10 77
24 NR UC Merced 17-12 77

Others Receiving Votes: Mayville State (N.D.) 56; Northwest Christian (Ore.) 27; Saint Mary (Kan.) 26; IU Kokomo 25; Oregon Tech 22; Point (Ga.) 13; Taylor (Ind.) 10; Indiana Wesleyan 8; Valley City State (N.D.) 7; Kansas Wesleyan 6; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 6; Aquinas (Mich.) 4; Keiser (Fla.) 3; Bellevue (Neb.) 3

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