Blue Hawk Women's Basketball Picked 24th in 2016 Women’s Division II Basketball Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll

Blue Hawk Women's Basketball Picked 24th in 2016 Women’s Division II Basketball Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll

By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Dickinson State sits in the 24th position in the postseason edition of the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday.

The Blue Hawks finished with a 23-9 overall record and a 9-3 record in the North Star Athletic Association.
 
Top 25 highlights (historical information dated back to 1991):
• Marian (Ind.) takes over the No. 1 spot in the postseason rankings with all 11 first-place votes and 281 total points.
• The Knights won their first-ever national championship with a 59-48 win against No. 2 Southern Oregon. Marian downed overall No. 1 seed Morningside, 84-65, in the second round in route to the banner.
• No. 2 Southern Oregon ends season 33-2 and totaled 272 total points in the poll.
• The Raiders were the last No. 1 seed left in the tournament.
• Underdog in the national championship, No. 4 Goshen moves up 14 spots in the poll after winning its way to the programs first-ever semifinal appearance. The Maple Leafs lost to Southern Oregon, 84-69.
• In three games played at the national championship, the Maple Leafs beat all higher seeds including, Concordia (Neb.), Saint Xavier (Ill.) and Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.).
• No. 5 Mount Marty sees a significant jump in the poll, moving five spots from No. 12 after a Fab Four appearance at the national championship. The Lancers beat No. 6 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) handedly, 98-76, in the quarterfinals.
• No. 18 Asbury (Ky.) finds its way back into the Top 25 Poll after missing cut since the Preseason Poll on Oct. 27.
• The Eagles move up the rankings after a three point win against No. 13 St. Francis (Ill.), 63-60 in the national championship.
• Hastings (Neb.) falls out of the Top 25 after losing to Tabor (Kan.) in the first round of the national championship, 68-44.
• Three teams cracked 30 wins this season. Southern Oregon and Morningside tie with a NAIA-Best 33 wins each.
• The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference leads all leagues with six teams representing: Olivet Nazarene, No. 7 Saint Xavier, No. 13 St. Francis, No. 14 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), No. 20 St. Ambrose (Iowa) and No. 22 Purdue Calumet (Ind.).
• No. 12 Indiana Wesleyan (27-8) has the most No. 1 rankings in NAIA history with 34. No. 3 Morningside is second with 27.
• Morningside holds the active streak of being ranked in the Top 25 (123). No. 8 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' Postseason Top 25 Poll (March 23)

RANK

LAST WEEK^

SCHOOL

WON

LOST

FINAL POINTS

1

9

Marian (Ind.) (11)

32

6

281

2

3

Southern Oregon

33

2

272

3

1

Morningside (Iowa)

33

3

261

4

18

Goshen (Ind.)

27

9

246

5

12

Mount Marty (S.D.)

26

10

245

6

4

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

29

6

242

7

2

Saint Xavier (Ill.)

30

4

220

8

5

College of the Ozarks (Mo.)

28

5

212

8

10

Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)

27

9

212

10

11

Tabor (Kan.)

28

8

208

11

7

Davenport (Mich.)

28

6

183

12

14

Indiana Wesleyan

27

8

174

13

6

St. Francis (Ill.)

28

5

162

14

15

Briar Cliff (Iowa)

23

10

160

14

13

Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)

25

8

160

16

8

Jamestown (N.D.)

29

5

150

17

25

Oregon Tech

26

9

144

18

NR

Asbury (Ky.)

24

10

121

19

16

Concordia (Neb.)

22

10

117

20

20

Haskell (Kan.)

23

7

104

20

19

St. Ambrose (Iowa)

22

10

104

22

21

Purdue Calumet (Ind.)

22

9

91

23

17

Lawrence Tech (MI)

24

5

83

24

23

Dickinson State (N.D.)

23

9

72

25

24

Milligan (Tenn.)

23

8

66

 
         

Dropped from the Top 25: Hastings (Neb.)

Receiving Votes: Hastings (Neb.) 57, Southeastern (Fla.) 31, Friends (Kan.) 27, Indiana East 25, Indiana Northwest 23, Bryan (Tenn.) 10, Eastern Oregon 7, Tennessee Wesleyan 4, Indiana Tech 4, Clarke (Iowa) 3