KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Union College received votes in the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the NAIA announced Monday.
The Lady Bulldogs (9-3 overall, 3-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) garnered eight total points, two fewer than they received in last week's poll. Union is now ranked 35th, down two spots.
Davenport (Mich.) became the third team to own the top ranking in the NAIA Top 25 Poll. The Lady Panthers move to No. 1 with 11 first-place votes and 402 points. Hastings (Neb.) earned four first-place votes and moved to No. 2, followed by No. 3 Northwestern (Iowa), No. 4 Shawnee State (Ohio) and No. 5 Jamestown (N.D.).
Only five teams were able to maintain their ranking from a week ago, while 18 other teams juggled position and a pair of clubs joined the ranks of the Top 25. New this week are No. 21 Kansas Wesleyan and No. 25 Sterling (Kan.), who both represent the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The two KCAC teams replace Concordia (Neb.) and Southwestern (Kan.).
The Great Plains Athletic Conference continues to lead all leagues with five ranked teams: Hastings, Northwestern, No. 7 Mount Marty (S.D.), No. 15 Briar Cliff (Iowa) and No. 18 Morningside (Iowa). The Mid-Central Collegiate Conference boasts four ranked teams in No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 10 Taylor (Ind.), No. 15 Bethel (Ind.) and No. 23 Saint Francis (Ind.).
Davenport (11-1) picked up a pair of wins over Top-25 teams while playing in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference/Mid-Central Collegiate Conference Challenge over the weekend. The Lady Panthers notched a seven-point victory over then-No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan, and followed with a 90-76 dismantling of then-No. 14 Bethel (Ind.). Sophomore Abby Neff established a new career high against Bethel with 20 points. Head coach Mark Young's team will next take to the court on Wednesday against Kalamazoo College.
Jumping up one spot from last week, Hastings (13-2, 5-0 GPAC) moves from No. 3 to 2 with four first-place votes and 395 points. Head coach Jeff Dittman's Broncos toppled conference foe No. 15 Briar Cliff 91-81 on Dec. 12. Senior Lindsay Ducey ended with a double-double against the Chargers, scoring 28 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. Up next for Hastings is a Dec. 19 date at Bethel (Kan.).
Northwestern was upset by No. 18 Morningside on Dec. 9 and as a result fell from No. 1 to 3, earning 369 points in the poll. The Red Raiders had a career high 28-point performance from Kami Kuhlmann, but it was not enough as the Mustangs won 81-75. The loss was the first league defeat for the Red Raiders. Earl Woudstra's team rebounded against conference foe Concordia (Neb.), winning 77-64, to improve to 9-2, 5-1 GPAC.
Shawnee State continues to climb in the poll and is only one-point back from Northwestern with 368 points. Playing in the Union College (Ky.) Lady Bulldog Baymont Inn Classic over the weekend, the Bears recorded a pair of victories to move to 8-1, 2-0 American Mideast Conference. Head coach Robin Hagen-Smith's squad cruised to a 66-40 win over Berea (Ky.) and followed by defeating Southern Virginia 67-32. On the docket this week for Shawnee State are road contests on Tuesday and Friday at Rio Grande (Ohio) and Campbellsville (Ky.), respectively.
Jamestown moves into the No. 5 spot with 360 points after spending the preseason and first two polls at No. 6. Behind the guidance of sixth-year head coach Mark Wiest, the Jimmies are 12-2, 2-0 Dakota Athletic Conference. Jamestown faced only one opponent last week in the University of Minnesota-Morris and rolled to a 79-45 victory. The Jimmies are off until Dec. 21 when they will take on St. Cloud State (Minn.) in exhibition.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences. The next poll will be announced on Jan. 11.
Union returns to action Tuesday against Pikeville (Ky.) College. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Robsion Arean.
To view the entire poll, click here.