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Owls Perched at No. 16 to open Cascade Conference Play

Dec 03, 2013

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Riding a 10-game win streak to open the season, the Oregon Tech women’s basketball team earned their highest-ever ranking in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll, and sit at No. 16 in the first regular-season edition, the national office announced Tuesday.

Off to the best start in school history, the Lady Owls take a 10-0 overall mark into Cascade Collegiate Conference play this Friday versus Warner Pacific College and Saturday versus Concordia.  Rival Southern Oregon University (9-1) comes in at No. 19, while Eastern Oregon (7-3), the Owls’ second week opponent in CCC play, received votes in the national poll. 

Defending national champion Indiana Wesleyan again sits atop the NAIA Division II Poll after receiving 12 first-place votes and 373 total points to earn their tenth No. 1 ranking over the past 11 polls.

The Wildcats won an NAIA-best 35 games, finishing 35-3 in 2012-13.  Saint Francis (Ind.) jumps to No. 2 in the poll with 356 points.  Northwestern (Iowa) accrued two first-place votes and 356 points to tie Saint Francis for the No. 2 position. The Raiders are also 10-0 on the season and have outscored their opponents by 28.7 points per game.  No. 4 Davenport (Mich.) and No. 5 Roosevelt (Ill.) round out the top five with 331 and 330 points, respectively.

There were six newcomers to the first regular-season Top 25: No. 10 Midland (Neb.), No. 16 Oregon Tech, No. 17 Northwestern Ohio, No. 19 Southern Oregon, No. 22 Hastings (Neb.) and No. 24 Point Park (Neb.).  

For a complete list of Top 25 Teams click Here

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