Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lady Buffs Move Up to No. 23 in WBCA Rankings

LILBURN, Ga. - The West Texas A&M Lady Buff basketball team moved up to the No. 22 spot in this week's USA Today/ESPN Division II Coaches Poll, according to a release from the Women's Basketball Coaches of America (WBCA) league office on Tuesday.

The Lady Buffs went 2-0 this past week, collecting a pair of road wins over Lone Star Conference North Division opponents, which allowed the Lady Buffs to move up one spot from last week’s No. 23 ranking.

The Lady Buffs have now been ranked inside the top-25 poll for an 84-straight weeks dating back to the first weekly poll of the 2005-06 season.

Delta State remained at No. 1 for a third straight week and Lander followed right behind at No. 2 this week. Fort Lewis stayed at No. 3, Washburn remained at No. 4 and Arkansas Tech held down the No. 5 spot as no movements were made within the top five teams from last week’s poll.
Clayton State (No. 6), Northeastern State (No. 7), Emporia State (No. 8) and Grand Valley State (No. 9) each remained in their same positions from last week, but Wayne State moved into the No. 10 spot this week, making it the only change among the top 10 teams. Last week’s No. 10 team, Franklin Pierce, fell three spots to No. 13 this week.
Other notable movements made this week were Millersville University falling six spots from No. 11 to No. 17, while Seattle Pacific (No. 23), Bently University (No.24) and South Carolina-Aiken (No. 25) all entered the poll this week after not being ranked last week. Pace University, California University of Pennsylvania and Indianapolis all dropped out of this week’s poll.

The Lady Buffs return to action this Saturday and Monday with home contests against Central Oklahoma and No. 7 Northeastern State. Saturday’s tip-off against the Bronchos is set for 4 p.m., while Monday’s game against the RiverHawks is scheduled to tip-off at 6 p.m. Both games will be played at the First United Bank Center in Canyon.

Week 4 Poll: December 14, 2010

USA TODAY ESPN Division II Top 25 women's basketball poll, with first-place votes to the right, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th.

Rank Institution- First Place Votes Previous Rank Record Total Points
1 Delta State University (Miss.) -22 1 8-0 692
2 Lander University (S.C.) -4 2 9-0 646
3 Fort Lewis College (Colo.) -2 3 8-0 629
4 Washburn University (Kan.) 4 8-0 596
5 Arkansas Tech University 5 7-1 557
6 Clayton State University (Ga.) 6 9-0 516
7 Northeastern State University (Okla.) 7 7-0 490
8 Emporia State University (Kan.) 8 7-1 482
9 Grand Valley State University (Mich.) 9 8-0 439
10 Wayne State College (Neb.) 13 7-1 381
11 University of Alaska - Anchorage 12 8-2 378
12 Michigan Technological University 15 6-1 289
13 Franklin Pierce University (N.H.) 10 8-2 280
14 Rollins College (Fla.) T19 10-0 254
15 Holy Family University (Pa.) 16 5-2 237
16 Augustana College (S.D.) T19 10-1 216
17 Millersville University of Pennsylvania 11 6-1 210
18 Western Washington University 14 6-1 205
19 Grand Canyon University (Ariz.) 21 10-1 195
20 California State University - Chico 17 7-1 161
21 Gannon University (Pa.) 22 3-1 159
22 West Texas A&M University 23 5-2 128
23 Seattle Pacific University (Wash.) NR 4-2 120
24 Bentley University (Mass.) NR 6-1 115
25 University of South Carolina - Aiken NR 9-2 93

Dropped Out: Pace University (N.Y.); California University of Pennsylvania; University of Indianapolis (Ind.).

Others receiving votes: Dixie State College of Utah 74; Pace University (N.Y.) 70; Metropolitan State College of Denver (Colo.) 59; West Liberty University (W.Va.) 50; California University of Pennsylvania 46; University of Indianapolis (Ind.) 46; Shaw University (N.C.) 31; West Chester University of Pennsylvania 30; Adams State College (Colo.) 22; University of Wisconsin - Parkside 21; Harding University (Ark.) 20; Johnson C Smith University (N.C.) 19; Tarleton State University (Texas) 19; University of California - San Diego 14; Northern Kentucky University 13; American International College (Mass.) 12; Augusta State University (Ga.) 9; Fort Valley State University (Ga.) 9; Virginia State University 9; University of Arkansas - Fort Smith 8; University of Tampa (Fla.) 8; Drury University (Mo.) 7; Barton College (N.C.) 6; Southeastern Oklahoma State University 5; Tusculum College (Tenn.) 5; Northwest Missouri State University 4; Concordia University (Minn.) 3; Florida Southern College 2; Francis Marion University (S.C.) 2; Henderson State University (Ark.) 2; Minnesota State University - Moorhead 2; Seton Hill University (Pa.) 2; Georgia College & State University 1; Southwestern Oklahoma State University 1; West Virginia Wesleyan 1.

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