Shawnee State women’s basketball climbed one spot in the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll on Tuesday night (Dec. 6), sneaking into the tenth spot.
The Bears are off to a 12-0 start, their best since the 2008-09 season when the team went 30-0 through the regular season and American Mideast Conference tournament before losing in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball tournament second round. Shawnee State is also 3-0 in the Mid-South Conference, matching last year’s pace after three games.
SSU received 158 votes overall, one less than #9 Oklahoma City, and 11 more than #11 Montana State-Northern. Shawnee State was formerly tied for 11th in the poll with Benedictine (Kan.), who fell to 14th.
Lindsey Wilson is the highest ranked Mid-South Conference team, holding at #5 after a 9-0 start to the season. Campbellsville fell into a tie for #6 with Vanguard (Calif.) both with a 7-2 record. Cumberland (Tenn.) climbed four spots to #19 after debuting at #23 in the preseason poll. Pikeville dropped seven places to #24 with an 8-3 record that includes a loss to Shawnee State, 81-76 on November 26.
Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) claimed the top spot, followed by Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), and Westmont (Calif.). Lindsey Wilson rounded out the top five. Talladega (Ala.) and Wayland Baptist (Tex.) both dropped out of the rankings. New members of the top 25 include John Brown (Ark.) and Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.).
The now #10 ranked Bears are back in action on Saturday, December 10 when they host Asbury. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
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