KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending national champion MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) holds the No. 1 ranking in the preseason edition of the 2016-17 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Pioneers captured seven of the nine possible first-place votes and 218 total points en route to it’s second-straight top billing.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999-2000)
• MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) ran the table as the No. 2 seed in the Duer Bracket to win the club’s first-ever national championship in 2016.
• MidAmerica Nazarene has been ranked among the top 10 for 14-staight Coaches’ Polls.
• The Pioneeers, who enter the year riding an 11-game winning streak, finished the 2015-16 season with an NAIA-best 32 wins. MidAmerica Nazarene opens the year at NCAA Division I Drake (Iowa) on Nov. 5.
• No. 2 Westmont (Calif.) claimed the other two first-place votes. The Warriors, who were 29-4 a season ago, fell in the second round of the national championship last season.
• No. 3 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), No. 4 Campbellsville (Ky.) and No. 5 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) round out the remainder of the top five. None of the trio advanced beyond the quarterfinals last year.
• Lindsey Wilson highlights the positive movement in the preseason poll, as the team jumped 10 spots from its postseason perch. The Blue Raiders return a strong core of players – headlined by Second Team All-America forward Chanel Roberts – from a squad that set a program record for most wins (28) and reached the quarterfinals of the national championship for the first time in program history.
• Defending national runner-up Baker (Kan.) suffered the farthest fall, dropping from No. 7 to No. 13. The Wildcats graduated their three senior leaders from last season, however return a key contributor in Kelsey Larson. The senior forward averaged 9.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per game last season.
• No newcomers joined the Top 25 this edition.
• The Mid-South Conference leads all leagues with five teams represented – Campbellsville, Lindsey Wilson, No. 11 Shawnee State (Ohio), No. 17 Pikeville (Ky.) and No. 23 Cumberland (Tenn.).
• No. 8 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) and No. 19 Oklahoma City have been listed in all 205 polls dating back to the start of the 1999-2000 season. No. 6 Vanguard is next in line with 172-straight mentions.
• Former member Union (Tenn.) leads all schools in all-time No. 1 rankings with 53, while Oklahoma City (49), Vanguard (41), Freed-Hardeman (18) and former member Southern Nazarene (Okla.) (15) are the only other programs with 10-or-more No. 1 rankings.
• Union and Vanguard are the only programs to have spent an entire season ranked No. 1 (Union: 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11) (Vanguard: 2005-06, 2006-07).
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• Frequency of polls occur bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) for the 2016-17 academic season. This change will allow raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work in between rating periods.
• For the complete ratings calendar, click here.
|RANK||PRVS^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2015-16 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (7)||32-5||218|
|2||3||Westmont (Calif.) (2)||29-4||213|
|3||2||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||30-3||203|
|5||15||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||28-7||177|
|7||10||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||27-7||168|
|T11||6||Shawnee State (Ohio)||29-6||149|
|14||9||The Master’s (Calif.)||25-6||130|
|15||19||Central Methodist (Mo.)||26-5||125|
|18||16||Great Falls (Mont.)||24-11||103|
|22||17||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||25-5||64|
Dropped from the Top 25: none
Others receiving votes: LSU Shreveport (La.) 42; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 39; John Brown (Ark.) 33; Langston (Okla.) 16; Edward Waters (Fla.) 8; Mobile (Ala.) 8; Xavier (La.) 5.
^Ranking from 2016 Postseason Poll