Blue Hawks Move to #19 in Latest 2016 Women’s Division II Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

Blue Hawks Move to #19 in Latest 2016 Women’s Division II Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

DICKINSON, ND- The Dickinson State University Woman's Basketball team has moved from #20 to #19 in the latest 2016 Women's Division II Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

The Blue Hawks won two NSAA games last week. Dickinson State went on the road to Mayville State University and walked away with a 82-76 overtime win then came home and beat Dakota State University, 78-63.

Top 25 highlights (historical information dated back to 1991):
• Saint Xavier (Ill.) takes over the top spot in the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Top 25 Coaches' Poll, receiving 11-of-12 possible first-place votes and a total of 312 points. The Cougars helped their position after defeating then-No. 7 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 108-96, on Jan. 23. Saint Xavier held them to 17 points under its NAIA-leading scoring average of 112.5 points per game.
• Previous-No. 1 Morningside (Iowa) fell this week after a loss to Mount Marty (S.D.) on Jan. 20, 84-77. The Mustangs are now 20-2 on the season.
• In the NAIA Network Game of the Week, presented by Stretch Internet, previous-No. 19 Tabor (Kan.) cruised past No. 25 Friends (Kan.), 76-67, in a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference match-up.
• No. 12 Briar Cliff (Iowa) moves three positions this week after defeating then-No. 13 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), 67-65, on Jan. 20.
• The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) and Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) continue to lead all leagues with five teams represented each.
• No. 8 Olivet Nazarene still leads the NAIA is scoring offense per game (111.7). It also holds No. 1 positions in nine other categories.
• There are no new newcomers to the Top 25 Poll this week.
• No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan (14-2) has the most No. 1 rankings in NAIA history with 33. Morningside is second with 26.
• Morningside holds the active streak of being ranked in the Top 25 (120). No. 4 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) streak of 113-straight is second.
• College of the Ozarks (2007-08), Morningside (2008-09) and Saint Francis (Ind.) (1999-00) are the only teams to go the entire season ranked No. 1.

Poll Methodology
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
• 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"
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2016 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll (Jan. 26)

RANK

LAST WEEK^

SCHOOL

WON

LOST

FINAL POINTS

1

2

Saint Xavier (Ill.) (11)

22

1

312

2

1

Morningside (Iowa)

20

2

301

3

3

Marian (Ind.) (1)

19

3

293

4

4

College of the Ozarks (Mo.)

16

3

283

5

5

St. Francis (Ill.)

19

3

270

6

8

Davenport (Mich.)

17

4

251

7

6

Concordia (Neb.)

15

5

245

8

7

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

17

4

243

9

11

Southern Oregon

18

1

227

10

12

Jamestown (N.D.)

18

4

219

11

9

Indiana Wesleyan

18

4

216

12

15

Briar Cliff (Iowa)

16

5

206

13

10

Hastings (Neb.)

15

6

193

14

14

Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)

17

5

173

15

13

Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)

16

5

168

16

17

Lawrence Tech (MI)

16

1

159

17

19

Tabor (Kan.)

16

6

152

18

16

Purdue Calumet (Ind.)

17

5

148

19

20

Dickinson State (N.D.)

16

4

129

20

21

Goshen (Ind.)

16

6

113

21

23

Milligan (Tenn.)

17

4

96

22

18

Haskell (Kan.)

16

5

91

23

24

Indiana Northwest

16

6

87

24

22

Huntington (Ind.)

15

7

82

25

25

Friends (Kan.)

15

7

70

Dropped from the Top 25: none

Receiving Votes: St. Ambrose (Iowa) 51, Bryan (Tenn.) 47, Oregon Tech 45, Southeastern (Fla.) 30, Mount Marty (S.D.) 24, Oklahoma Wesleyan 14, Point (Ga.) 7, Asbury (Ky.) 5