KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Union maintained its position as the 24th-ranked team in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday.
The Lady Bulldogs went 1-1 last week, but the loss came at the hands of then-No. 20 Tennessee Wesleyan. TWC improved to No. 18 this week.
Union (16-6 overall, 7-4 Appalachian Athletic Conference) received 86 total points, three more than No. 25 Point Park (Pa.).
After being voted a unanimous No. 1 selection for six-straight weeks, Indiana Wesleyan shares the top spot with Davenport (Mich.) in the seventh regular-season edition of the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The Wildcats were held to 32.6 percent shooting and fell to unranked Grace (Ind.), 41-39, on Jan. 25, allowing the red-hot Lady Panthers to catch up in the poll.
Davenport received six first-place votes - one more than Indiana Wesleyan - and totaled 363 points. The Lady Panthers have now won 17-straight games, including two blowout Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference victories over Indiana Tech and Siena Heights (Mich.) last week. Indiana Wesleyan collected five first-place nods and equaled Davenport's 363 points.
Concordia (Neb.) moved up two spots to No. 3, earning the other three first-place votes and 351 points. College of the Ozarks (Mo.) remained at No. 4 with 348 points and Morningside (Iowa) returned to the top five for the first time since the Jan. 9 poll. The Mustangs tallied 317 points.
Eight ranked teams tied for the biggest move up in the poll this week with all eight climbing two spots, including co-No. 1 Davenport. In each of the previous seven polls, one team moved up at least three positions. On the other hand, Briar Cliff (Iowa) plummeted more than any other Top 25 squad, spiraling back eight spots to No. 10 this week. The Chargers dropped a narrow 89-88 decision to then-No. 9 Northwestern (Iowa) in the NAIA Game of the Week on Jan. 25 before a lopsided 81-57 defeat to unranked Dordt (Iowa) on Jan. 28.
There is only one newcomer to the poll as Point Park checks in at No. 25, replacing fellow American Mideast Conference (AMC) member and previously-ranked No. 19 Daemen (N.Y.). Point Park has won 11 straight and wrestled control of first place in the AMC away from Daemen by defeating the Wildcats by a score of 51-43 on Jan. 28 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Twelve of the 14 Division II women's basketball conferences and independents are represented throughout the Top 25. The Great Plains Athletic Conference again placed the most teams of any league in the poll with five: Concordia, Morningside, No. 7 Northwestern, Briar Cliff and No. 20 Hastings (Neb.). The Mid-Central College Conference was second with three ranked teams: Indiana Wesleyan, No. 12 Bethel (Ind.) and No. 21 Huntington (Ind.).
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. The next poll will be announced on Feb. 6.
Union is playing at Reinhardt (Ga.) tonight in AAC action. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.
To view the entire poll, click here.