KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Union remains entrenched in the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, but the Lady Bulldogs slipped one spot to No. 19, the NAIA announced Monday.
Union (9-2 overall, 2-0 Appalachian Athletic Conference) is in the midst of a five-game winning streak. Yet, that was not enough to keep the Lady Bulldogs from slipping in the poll. Union collected 157 points to come in 19th and is five points behind No. 18 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.). Union is also only three points ahead of No. 20 Northwestern (Iowa).
AAC rival Montreat (N.C.) (9-2 overall, 2-0 AAC) received 227 total points to stay put at No. 13 for the second week in a row. Two other AAC squads received votes. Tennessee Wesleyan (6-4 overall, 1-1 AAC) picked up 60 points to land just outside of the top 25 at No. 26. Milligan (Tenn.) (7-5 overall, 1-1 AAC) got four votes to come in 37th.
For the third time in as many weeks, Indiana Wesleyan unanimously topped the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The Wildcats, who are off to an 11-0 start, racked up 14 first-place votes for 374 points.
College of the Ozarks (Mo.) took over at No. 2 with 355 points after spending last week at No. 4. Following an 89-87 setback to seventh-ranked Concordia (Neb.), Briar Cliff (Iowa) dropped back to third with 350 points. Davenport (Mich.) shifted up to fourth with 342 points to separate itself from Morningside (Iowa), who is listed fifth with 320 points.
Nine teams retained their position among the Top 25, four of which were in the top 10: Indiana Wesleyan, Morningside, Concordia and No. 8 Hastings (Neb.). Seven squads improved their rank, highlighted by a three-spot jump by Saint Mary (Neb.) from 19th to 16th. Indiana Southeast took the biggest tumble backwards, dropping from No. 20 to 25.
Corban (Ore.) and St. Thomas (Fla.) return to the poll at Nos. 22 and 23 (tie), respectively, while No. 23 (tie) Daemen (N.Y.) makes its debut on the poll this season. The trio of newcomers replaces previously listed No. 22 Cornerstone (Mich.), No. 24 Warner Pacific (Ore.) and No. 25 Southwestern (Kan.).
The Great Plains Athletic Conference placed the most teams of any league in the poll with five: Briar Cliff, Morningside, Concordia, Hastings and No. 20 Northwestern (Iowa). The Mid-Central College Conference was second with four ranked teams: Indiana Wesleyan, No. 10 Bethel (Ind.), No. 17 Grace (Ind.) and No. 23 Marian (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 Jan. 9, 2012.
The Lady Bulldogs returns to action on Dec. 29-30 when they host the Union College Holiday Classic.