Women’s Basketball Climbs to Sixth in latest NAIA Poll


The Bears moved up four spots after defeating Campbellsville over the weekend

Staff Report



Shawnee State women’s basketball climbed to number six in the latest NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll released on Tuesday evening.

The Bears reached their highest position in the poll this year after defeating then seventh ranked Campbellsville 83-75 on Saturday. Shawnee State received 206 votes in this week’s poll to help them climb four spots after being ranked 10th in the January 3rd poll.

In the rest of the Mid-South Conference, Lindsey Wilson continued to be the highest ranked team in the conference by holding on to the number four position. Campbellsville fell one spot to number eight. Cumberland (Tenn.) climbed one spot to number 14 despite a loss on Saturday to Pikeville, who also climbed one spot to number 22. No other MSC teams received votes in the poll.

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) held on to the number one spot for the second consecutive poll. Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and Westmont (Calif.) also held steady as number two and number three. Vanguard (Calif.) rounded out the top five, climbing one spot into the fifth position. Oklahoma City climbed to seventh, followed by Campbellsville, Lyon (Ark.), and Baker (Kan.) to round out the top 10.

Three new teams entered the poll this week, as No. 19 Wayland Baptist (Tex.), No. 21 Biola (Calif.), and No. 25 Montana Western reached the top 25. Great Falls (Mont.), Loyola (La.) and Carroll (Mont.) all fell out of the poll.

Shawnee State women’s basketball has a critical slate of games this week as they host #14 Cumberland on Thursday, followed by a visit from #4 Lindsey Wilson on Saturday. Tipoff on Thursday is set for 6:00pm, with Saturday’s game scheduled for a 2:00pm start.

RANK

PRVS

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

Record

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (9)

17-0

250

2

2

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (1)

19-0

242

3

3

Westmont (Calif.)

16-1

233

4

4

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

17-0

227

5

6

Vanguard (Calif.)

16-1

218

6

10

Shawnee State (Ohio)

19-1

206

7

8

Oklahoma City

14-1

201

8

7

Campbellsville (Ky.)

17-3

193

9

9

Lyon (Ark.)

13-2

190

10

14

Baker (Kan.)

13-3

178

11

11

Montana State-Northern

14-3

171

12

12

Columbia (Mo.)

14-3

164

13

16

Central Methodist (Mo.)

14-2

156

14

15

Cumberland (Tenn.)

13-4

140

15

19

Benedictine (Kan.)

11-5

135

16

5

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

10-5

133

17

21

Bethel (Tenn.)

11-7

108

18

22

Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)

12-6

106

19

RV

Wayland Baptist (Texas)

13-2

104

20

17

The Master’s (Calif.)

12-4

99

21

RV

Biola (Calif.)

13-4

82

22

23

Pikeville (Ky.)

13-6

79

23

18

John Brown (Ark.)

11-6

73

24

24

Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.)

12-5

66

25

RV

Montana Western

14-3

63

Dropped from the Top 25: Great Falls (Mont.) (No. 13); Loyola (La.) (No. 20); Carroll (Mont.) (No. 25)

Others receiving votes: Loyola (La.) 60; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 28; Carroll (Mont.) 27; Great Falls (Mont.) 14; LSU Shreveport (La.) 12; Talladega (Ala.) 9; William Penn (Iowa) 8; Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) 7; William Woods (Mo.) 7; Xavier (La.) 3; Montana Tech 3.

The Bears moved up four spots after defeating Campbellsville over the weekend

Staff Report