Blue Hawks #24 in Latest 2016 Women’s Division II Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

Blue Hawks #24 in Latest 2016 Women’s Division II Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

KANSAS CITY, MO- The Dickinson State University Women's Basketball team has jumped one spot in the 2016 Women's Division II Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll to #24.

The Blue Hawks finished their last regular season week with two NSAA victories. Dickinson State defeated Presentation College on Wednesday, 70-64, then followed that up with a 87-63 win over Dakota State University of Saturday.

Dickinson State will host Viterbo University in the NSAA Tournament Opening Round on Wednesday night in Scott Gymnasium at 7:00 PM (MDT). If the Blue Hawks win, they will host the winner of Valley City State and Presentation College on Friday night in Scott Gymnasium. Game time will be announced at a later date.

Top 25 highlights (historical information dated back to 1991):
• No. 1 Morningside (Iowa) takes control of the Top 25 Poll this week receiving 11-of-12 first place votes and a total of 312 points. The Mustangs are the Great Plains Athletic Conference regular-season champions and will be making its way to Sioux City, Iowa, for the national championship.
• Morningside has not been ranked No. 1 since the Jan. 19 poll.
• Grabbing the final first place vote is No. 2 Saint Xavier (Ill.) who lost the top spot after losing to then-No. 12 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) in the NAIA Game of the Week, Feb. 20.
• In the NAIA Network Game of the Week, presented by Stretch Internet, Monica Hinderer and Mika Passini combined for 41 points to lead then-No. 12 Cardinal Stritch over then-No. 1 Saint Xavier, 83-72 in overtime.
• No. 6 Marian (Ind.) drops three spots in the poll after a 0-2 week with losses against Grace (Ind.), 64-59, and then-No. 18 Goshen (Ind.), 73-63.
• No. 23 Milligan (Tenn.) makes its way into the Top 25 this week with wins against No. 25 Bryan (Tenn.), 77-75, and Columbia (S.C.), 69-56.
• Morningside and Saint Xavier both lead the division with most games won with 28.
• Eleven teams either moved up one spot or dropped one spot in the poll.
• The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and Great Plains Athletic Conference lead the leagues with six teams represented each.
• No. 19 Indiana Wesleyan (22-6) has the most No. 1 rankings in NAIA history with 34. No. 1 Morningside is second with 27.
• Morningside holds the active streak of being ranked in the Top 25 (123). No. 3 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) streak of 116-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 (Feb. 23)

RANK

LAST WEEK^

SCHOOL

WON

LOST

FINAL POINTS

1

2

Morningside (Iowa) (11)

28

2

312

2

1

Saint Xavier (Ill.) (1)

28

2

301

3

4

College of the Ozarks (Mo.)

25

3

293

4

5

St. Francis (Ill.)

27

3

282

5

6

Southern Oregon

26

1

266

6

3

Marian (Ind.)

25

5

261

7

7

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

24

5

250

8

9

Davenport (Mich.)

24

5

242

9

8

Jamestown (N.D.)

26

4

241

10

14

Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)

23

7

219

11

12

Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)

24

6

214

12

10

Briar Cliff (Iowa)

21

8

189

13

11

Tabor (Kan.)

23

7

187

14

19

Mount Marty (S.D.)

21

9

177

15

18

Goshen (Ind.)

23

7

170

16

16

Purdue Calumet (Ind.)

22

7

153

17

13

Concordia (Neb.)

22

8

152

18

17

Lawrence Tech (MI)

22

3

151

19

15

Indiana Wesleyan

23

7

137

20

20

Hastings (Neb.)

19

10

112

21

22

Haskell (Kan.)

20

6

93

22

24

St. Ambrose (Iowa)

20

8

89

23

NR

Milligan (Tenn.)

23

6

86

24

25

Dickinson State (N.D.)

21

7

83

25

23

Bryan (Tenn.)

25

4

78

 
         

Dropped from the Top 25: Indiana Northwest

Receiving Votes: Indiana Northwest 70, Oregon Tech 48, Eastern Oregon 42, Friends (Kan.) 36, Southeastern (Fla.) 16, Indiana East 11, Indiana Tech 10, Asbury (Ky.) 6