Thursday, February 4, 2016

Gold Nuggets still 24th in NAIA coaches poll

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana is 24th for the second consecutive week in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
The Gold Nuggets, 15-8 after a 75-62 victory Monday at SUNO, have been among the top 25 in all seven polls this season. Their highest rank was ninth Dec. 8.
Xavier has one game remaining this week, at 3 p.m. Saturday against Dillard in the Crosstown Classic at XU's Convocation Center.
Talladega (18-3), the leader in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference by three games over Xavier and Philander Smith, climbed from 20th to 19th nationally. This is the Lady Tornadoes' fifth consecutive top-25 appearance.
Ascending to No. 1 for the first time in the program's history was Our Lady of the Lake, which lost 91-86 in overtime to Xavier Nov. 14 in the LSUS Classic at Shreveport, La. Since then the Saints (19-2) have won 19-of-20, including their last 19 in a row. OLLU received 7-of-9 first-place votes and is the fourth school to hold the top spot this season.
XU city rival Loyola, which will play host to the Gold Nuggets at 7 p.m. Feb. 17, fell out of the top 25 after ranking 23rd a week ago.

NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Jan. 31)

1 Our Lady of the Lake (7)19-22183
2Westmont 18-32052
3Campbellsville 19-42041
4Columbia (Mo.) (2)21-11936
5Bethel (Tenn.)19-41924
7Shawnee State19-31865
8MidAmerica Nazarene17-41669
9Vanguard 14-41588
10The Master's19-215612
11Carroll (Mont.)18-314810
12Lewis-Clark State18-314513
13Freed-Hardeman 16-5141 11
14Oklahoma City 12-5121 14
16Central Methodist18-210916
17Wayland Baptist14-410721
20Montana State-Northern16-58915
21Lindsey Wilson17-47922
22Benedictine (Kan.)18-47218
23Great Falls15-75925
25Martin Methodist17-655RV


Dropped from rankings:  No. 23 Loyola

Others receiving votes:  LSU-Shreveport 48, Loyola 38, Baker 27, Auburn Montgomery 14, Cumberland 11, Culver-Stockton 10, William Woods 7

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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