Hillcat Women Jump One Spot To No. 15 In NAIA Poll


Tuesday, February 5th 2013, 4:38 pm
By: News On 6


The Rogers State women's basketball team moved up one spot to No. 15 in the seventh regular-season edition of the 2012-13 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

The Hillcats have registered wins in their last two conference contests, sweeping the series against Oklahoma Baptist and John Brown. RSU has an 8-2 Sooner Athletic Conference record with its two losses coming against top five opponents Lubbock Christian and Oklahoma City.

For the first time since the 1999-2000 season, two teams share the No. 1 ranking as Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) and Oklahoma City share the top spot.

Freed-Hardeman's top billing is the third all-time for the Lady Lions, who were also ranked No. 1 on Jan. 16 and Jan. 23, 2012. The Lady Lions are riding an eight-game winning streak en route to a 21-1 overall record. Oklahoma City receives the No. 1 ranking for the 46th time in program history - dating back to 1999-2000 - after knocking off previous No. 1 Lubbock Christian (Texas), 74-60, on Feb. 2. Vanguard (Calif.) slides into the No. 3 spot with 261 points.

Following its loss to Oklahoma City, Lubbock Christian (Texas) falls to No. 4 with 258 points, marking the first time this season the Lady Chaparrals have been ranked outside of the top two. Lubbock Christian looks to rebound against St. Gregory's (Okla.) Thursday in Sooner Athletic Conference action.

Westminster (Utah) maintains it stranglehold on fifth with 245 points. Xavier (La.) makes the largest improvement within the poll, leaping three spots from No. 14 to No. 11. Conversely, Wiley (Texas) tumbled a poll-high five positions to No. 22 after losing two out of its last three to unranked teams.

Rogers State (18-6, 8-2) returns to action on Thursday night as the Hillcats travel to Oklahoma City battle Mid-America Christian at 6 p.m.