KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Oregon Tech Lady Owls record setting season came to an official end today with the releasing of the 2013-14 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Lady Owls finish at the No. 21 spot as they set many records including, most wins in a season (28) and most times ranked in the Top 25 (12). Eastern Oregon was the only other Cascade Conference team in the Poll at No. 24.
National champion Saint Francis (Ind.) was the consensus No. 1 in as the Cougars received all 13 first-place votes and 343 total points en route to their 11th-straight top billing of the season and 23rd all-time since 1999-2000.
Saint Francis (38-0) is the first team to go unbeaten in its banner year since Morningside (Iowa) accomplished the feat in 2009. The Cougars rolled through the first four rounds of the 2014 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship, presented by State Farm, before downing College of the Ozarks (Mo.), 75-68, in the title game. Senior guard Skylarr Shurn was named the championship’s Most Valuable Player after averaging 20.8 points per game at the event, including a 30-point performance against the Bobcats. She was also named the NAIA Player of the Year.
Davenport (Mich.) claims the No. 2 spot for the seventh-straight week with 332 points. The Panthers reached the Fab Four for the second-consecutive season before falling to College of the Ozarks, 75-72. The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) regular-season and tournament champions ended the year with a 34-2 record.
Moving up one spot to No. 3 is Northwestern (Iowa) with 319 points. The Red Raiders, who survived a first round scare against Tabor (Kan.), advanced to the quarterfinals of this year’s championship to end the season with a 29-5 record. Complete Post Season Poll