2017-18 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 5 Southeastern (Fla.) claims No. 1 for the first time this season

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By Jed Flemming, Athletic Communications and Media Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Southeastern (Fla.) is the No. 1 team for the first time this season in the fifth NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. Southeastern earned 11 of 12 first-place votes and 312 total points to earn the top spot.

Top 25 Highlights

• This is the Fire’s first-ever No. 1 ranking.
• Southeastern is now the only undefeated team in DII Women’s Basketball.
• Saint Francis (Ind.) rejoined the Top 25 for the first time since Dec. 12 at the No. 25 spot. Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) also joins the Top 25 this week at the No. 24 spot. This is Embry-Riddle’s first time in the Top 25 ever.
• Morningside (Iowa) holds the record for the most No. 1 rankings of all time with 38. Indiana Wesleyan is second with 33.
• Morningside continues to hold the record for longest consecutively-ranked active school with 169 straight polls. Saint Xavier (Ill.) is second on the list with 156, including its time in Division I.

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 rating) 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 appear on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”

For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2017-18 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll No. 5 (Feb. 6)

RANK WEEK SCHOOL [1st Place Vote] Record FINAL POINTS
1 2 Southeastern (Fla.) [11] 23-0 312
2 1 Concordia (Neb.) [1] 25-1 302
3 3 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 26-1 293
4 4 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 21-2 281
5 5 Marian (Ind.) 24-2 273
6 7 Eastern Oregon 23-2 261
7 8 Indiana Tech 25-2 246
8 6 Jamestown (N.D.) 24-3 244
9 10 Northwestern (Iowa) 18-6 232
10 9 Southern Oregon 22-2 220
10 12 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 22-4 220
12 11 Hastings (Neb.) 20-5 193
13 14 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 18-7 179
14 16 Northwest Christian (Ore.) 19-3 172
15 13 Morningside (Iowa) 18-8 171
16 15 Taylor (Ind.) 18-8 164
17 17 St. Francis (Ill.) 17-7 155
18 17 Valley City State (N.D.) 20-3 148
19 19 Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 21-4 133
20 20 Indiana Wesleyan 19-7 129
21 21 Rio Grande (Ohio) 24-2 110
22 22 Friends (Kan.) 18-7 108
23 24 Bryan (Tenn.) 19-6 89
24 NR Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 20-3 57
25 NR Saint Francis (Ind.) 16-10 47

Dropped from Top 25: Mayville State (N.D.); Tabor (Kan.)

Other Receiving Votes: Mayville State (N.D.) 47; Reinhardt (Ga.) 43; Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 33; Indiana East 27; Oregon Tech 24; Oklahoma Wesleyan 16; Concordia (Mich.) 12; UC-Merced 9; St. Thomas (Fla.) 5; Tennessee Wesleyan 4; Huntington (Ind.) 3

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