KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Evangel women's basketball team is receiving votes in the first regular-season NAIA Coaches Top 25 Poll released on Wednesday.
Evangel sits just outside the top 25 after receiving 30 votes, 18 votes shy of No. 25 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) in the Coaches Top 25 Poll. The Crusaders have won six straight after opening the season with narrow losses to a pair of teams that are also receiving votes and ranked in the top five of the NAIA Division II Top 25.
Evangel is half a game ahead of MidAmerica Nazarene at the top of the Heart Conference standings at 5-0, while the Pioneers sit at 4-0. MNU is one of three Heart teams ranked in the Top 25 including Central Methodist, who the Crusaders handed their first loss to last week. CMU moved up from No. 12 to No. 8, while the Pioneers fell to No. 18 and Clarke sits at No. 21 in the first poll of the regular season.
The Crusaders head to last year's regular-season champion, William Penn on Saturday.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
- Campbellsville is off to an 11-0 start in 2019. The tigers most recently have captured wins over then-ranked No. 14 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) and then-ranked No. 8 Westmont (Calif.)
- New to the Top 25: No. 12 Lewis Clark State (Idaho), No. 14 Montana State-Northern
- Only one team remained at the same rank: No. 15 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
- Vanguard (Calif.) and Westmont moved into the Top 5 this week.
- Oklahoma City holds the longest active streak in the Top 25 with 255 total appearances dating back to the 1997-98 school year.
- Union (Tenn.) and Vanguard (Calif.) are the only programs to have spent an entire season ranked No. 1 (Union: 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11) (Vanguard: 2005-06, 2006-07).
- Union (Tenn.) leads all NAIA schools with 59 No. 1 rankings. Oklahoma City is second with 50 and Vanguard (Calif.) is third with 45.
- The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.
- The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second place and so on through the list.
- The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered low ratings) is removed and the team's ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the team appears on.
- Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered "receiving votes."
2019-20 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]||RECORD||POINTS|
|1||2||Campbellsville (Ky.) ||11-0||219|
|2||3||Oklahoma City ||8-0||210|
|3||4||The Master's (Calif.)||7-0||207|
|6||5||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||6-2||185|
|7||11||Shawnee State (Ohio)||9-1||179|
|8||12||Central Methodist (Mo.)||7-1||171|
|12||NR||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||5-1||130|
|15||15||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||8-1||122|
|16||6||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||3-4||112|
|18||14||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||4-2||105|
|19||17||Providence (Mont.) (Mont.)||6-1||89|
|20||21||Thomas More (Ky.)||6-0||84|
|25||18||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||5-1||48|
Receiving Votes: Evangel (Mo.) 30, Montana Western 27, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 26, Science & Arts of Oklahoma 14, Benedictine (Kan.) 12, Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 11, LSU Shreveport (La.) 10, Philander Smith (Ark.) 9, LSU Alexandria (La.) 8, Faulkner (Ala.) 3, Pikeville (Ky.) 3