Women's basketball

Red Raiders Move Up In NAIA Division II Coaches' Poll

Northwestern College moved up to 25th in this week's edition of the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball coaches' poll announced by the national officer earlier today. 

Earning votes in the preseason and first two polls of the 2016-17 season, Northwestern moved into the top 25 for the first time this season. The Red Raiders are one of five teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference in the top 25; Concordia (2), Hastings (7), Dakota Wesleyan (9), Morningside (11), while another conference team, Midland, received votes. 

St. Francis (Ill.) held down the top spot for the second consecutive poll, earning nine of the 12 possible first place votes. Concordia, ranked second, received the other three first place votes. Saint Xavier (Ill.), Southern Oregon and Marian (Ind.) round out the top five. 

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2016-17 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll No. 3 (Jan. 10)

RANK LAST  SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)  Record  POINTS
1 1 St. Francis (Ill.) (9)                     16-0 310
2 2 Concordia (Neb.) (3)                17-1 304
3 3 Saint Xavier (Ill.)                        16-1 288
4 4 Southern Oregon                      15-1 285
5 5 Marian (Ind.)                              15-3 257
6 7 Davenport (Mich.)                     16-2 256
7 6 Hastings (Neb.)                        15-3 254
8 18 Southeastern (Fla.)                13-0 243
9 8 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)        15-2 238
10 8 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 14-4 217
11 12 Morningside (Iowa)              14-5 215
12 11 Indiana Wesleyan                 13-5 203
13 10 Jamestown (N.D.)                 12-4 191
14 13 IU Northwest (Ind.)                15-3 186
15 14 Purdue Northwest (Ind.)       14-5 167
16 15 Friends (Kan.)                        14-3 166
17 19 Eastern Oregon                     15-2 147
18 20 Tabor (Kan.)                            14-3 141
19 16 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)           13-4 138
20 17 Indiana Tech                           13-4 136
21 21 Indiana East                            14-4 112
22 NR Reinhardt (Ga.)                     16-1 100
23 22 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)             13-5 82
24 24 Dickinson State (N.D.)          10-5 73
25 NR Northwestern (Iowa)           12-6 72

Dropped from the rankings: Milligan (Tenn.) (23), Huntington (Ind.) (25)

Others receiving votes: Oregon Tech 50; Milligan (Tenn.) 39; Kansas Wesleyan 29; Point Park (Pa.) 27; Huntington (Ind.) 26; Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 17; Valley City State (N.D.) 12; Midland (Neb.) 9; Keiser (Fla.) 3

^Reflects ranking in 2016-17 Poll No. 2