Saturday, January 7, 2017

Nuggets move from 32nd to 35th in NAIA coaches poll

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana, unbeaten since the previous NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches Top 25 Poll, lost ground Tuesday when the newest rankings were announced.

The Gold Nuggets are in the "others receiving votes" category for the eighth time in the last nine polls. They're 35th overall with four points. In the previous poll (Dec. 6), they were 32nd with 11 points. Two teams behind XULA in the Dec. 6 voting passed the Nuggets despite a combined three losses between polls.

"Can't worry about that," XULA coach Bo Browder said. "We're just trying to get our young team better."

XULA, 9-6 and winner of three straight and six of its last seven games, will play its Gulf Coast Athletic Conference opener at 3 p.m. Saturday against Tougaloo at XULA's Convocation Center. The Gold Nuggets tied for second in the GCAC regular season a year ago, then won the GCAC Tournament for a league-record 15th time.

Freed-Hardeman is No. 1 for the second consecutive poll. The next poll will be announced Jan. 17.

NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Jan. 1)

1Freed-Hardeman (9)13-02501
2Lewis-Clark State (1)15-02422
4Lindsey Wilson13-02285
5MidAmerica Nazarene9-22163
8Oklahoma City11-11929
10Shawnee State17-118010
11Montana State-Northern11-217211
12Columbia (Mo.)12-215613
13Great Falls11-2153tie-14
16Central Methodist10-213017
17The Master's9-312316
18John Brown9-410820
19Benedictine (Kan.)7-5101tie-14
20Loyola (N.O.)11-29122
21Bethel (Tenn.)8-69018
22Our Lady of the Lake8-68521
25Carroll (Mont.)11-34725

Dropped from previous rankings:  none
Others receiving votes:  Montana Western 40, Wayland Baptist 39, Talladega 33, Biola 19, Harris-Stowe 8, Wiley 8, William Penn 8, Martin Methodist 6, William Woods 6; XULA 4.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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