SSU takes No. 10 spot in NAIA Poll


Staff Report



Shawnee State women’s basketball held at the #10 spot in this week’s NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll.

The Bears received 180 total points in the poll, 22 more than the 158 they earned last week. Shawnee State fell two points shy of a ninth position tie with Lyon (Ark.), who earned 182 after dropping one spot. Shawnee State holds a 17-1 record, the most wins in NAIA Division I at the time of this poll.

Elsewhere around the conference, Lindsey Wilson moved up one spot to #4 and remain the top vote-getter in the Mid-South Conference. Campbellsville dropped one spot in the poll, falling to seventh. Cumberland (Tenn.) climbed four spots to #15, and Pikeville climbed to #23 in the poll. The Mid-South Conference’s five schools in the top 25 is best in the country, followed by the Frontier Conference and Heart of America Athletic conference, each with four.

Overall, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) held fast to the top spot in the poll, receiving nine first place votes. Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) also held position at #2, receiving the lone other first place vote. Westmont (Calif.) climbed to third and Lindsey Wilson to fourth after MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) fell to #5. Vanguard (Calif.), Campbellsville, Oklahoma City, Lyon (Ark.), and Shawnee State rounded out the top 10.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday, January 7th when they host Life University to return to Mid-South Conference play. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

2016-17 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2 (Jan. 3)

RANK PRVS SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) Record TOTAL POINTS

1 1 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (9) 13-0 250

2 2 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (1) 15-0 242

3 4 Westmont (Calif.) 12-1 231

4 5 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 13-0 228

5 3 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 9-2 216

6 T6 Vanguard (Calif.) 12-1 207

7 T6 Campbellsville (Ky.) 14-2 206

8 9 Oklahoma City 11-1 192

9 8 Lyon (Ark.) 10-2 182

10 10 Shawnee State (Ohio) 17-1 180

11 11 Montana State-Northern 11-2 172

12 13 Columbia (Mo.) 12-2 156

13 14 Great Falls (Mont.) 11-2 153

14 12 Baker (Kan.) 9-3 150

15 19 Cumberland (Tenn.) 11-2 135

16 17 Central Methodist (Mo.) 10-2 130

17 16 The Master’s (Calif.) 9-3 123

18 20 John Brown (Ark.) 9-4 108

19 14 Benedictine (Kan.) 7-5 101

20 22 Loyola (La.) 11-2 91

21 18 Bethel (Tenn.) 8-6 90

22 21 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 8-6 85

23 24 Pikeville (Ky.) 11-4 72

24 23 Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 9-4 63

25 25 Carroll (Mont.) 11-3 47

Dropped from the Top 25: none

Others receiving votes: Montana Western 40; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 39; Talladega (Ala.) 33; Biola (Calif.) 19; Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) 8; Wiley (Texas) 8; William Penn (Iowa) 8; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 6; William Woods (Mo.) 6; Xavier (La.) 4.

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