RSU Hillcat Women Move To No. 13 In NAIA Poll


Wednesday, February 20th 2013, 11:18 am
By: News On 6


The Rogers State women's basketball team fell one spot to No. 13 in the ninth regular season edition of the 2012-13 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

The Hillcats claimed a 78-70 upset victory over then-No. 3 Lubbock Christian on Thursday night but lost to Wayland Baptist on Saturday, 65-59, to go 1-1 on the week. RSU takes on St. Gregory's on Wednesday in Shawnee, Okla. and rounds out the regular season against No. 2 Oklahoma City on Saturday at the Claremore Expo.

For the second-straight week, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) holds a one-point advantage over Oklahoma City to receive the No. 1 ranking.

Westminster (Utah), who had been stuck at No. 4 or No. 5 in every prior poll, climbs to No. 3 - its highest all-time ranking dating back to 1999-2000. Climbing two spots to No. 4 is Westmont (Calif.) who has won 14-straight, including 12-consecutive Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) contests en route to a 22-3 overall record (12-0 GSAC).

Lubbock Christian (Texas) rounds out the top five, going 1-1 last week and are 3-2 over their last five contests. The Lady Chaparrals are tied for second in the SAC standings with RSU at 11-3.

No. 17 Lyon's (Ark.) three-spot improvement highlighted the poll this week. The Scots have won nine in-a-row, including victories against then-No. 23 William Woods (Mo.) and No. 15 Columbia (Mo.). Lyon and Columbia enter the final week of the regular season tied atop the American Midwest Conference standings with 15-1 records.

Bethel (Tenn.), who slid six positions from No. 17 to No. 23, posted the largest fall this week after dropping three-straight, including two against unranked opponents.

No. 25 LSU Shreveport (La.) returns to the poll for the first time since Jan. 8. The Pilots replace previous No. 25 Carroll (Mont.).

Rogers State (21-7, 11-3) returns to action on Wednesday as the Hillcats travel to Shawnee, Okla. to take on St. Gregory's at 6 p.m.