DILLON — After a mid-season slide, the Montana Western women have returned to form and returned to the NAIA’s Top 25 rankings.

The Bulldogs are currently ranked 24th in the nation with a record of 16-6. Western has been ranked as high as No. 10 in the nation, jumping out to an 11-3 start this winter. The team then lost three consecutive games, all by double digits.

Since that brief skid, the women have won five games in a row, with four of those wins coming against ranked opponents.

Here is the complete Top 25 (current ranking on the left, previous ranking on the right):

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1 1 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 19-2
2 4 Shawnee State (Ohio) 20-3
3 3 Campbellsville (Ky.) 20-3
4 5 Oklahoma City 18-3
5 6 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 17-3
6 8 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 16-3
6 12 Westmont (Calif.) 13-5
8 2 Vanguard (Calif.) 14-3
9 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 17-4
10 7 Benedictine (Kan.) 17-4
10 11 Columbia (Mo.) 17-5
12 13 Baker (Kan.) 18-4
13 10 Carroll (Mont.) 15-6
14 17 Lyon (Ark.) 17-3
15 18 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 17-3
16 15 Menlo (Calif.) 17-4
17 19 LSU Shreveport (La.) 21-1
18 15 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 16-6
19 14 Providence (Mont.) 16-5
20 22 Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
21 21 Dillard (La.) 16-3
21 20 Bethel (Tenn.) 14-7
23 24 Arizona Christian 16-4
24 NR Montana Western 16-6
25 25 Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 14-6

The next rankings will be released on February 13.

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