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Carroll College women lead 5 Frontier Conference teams in NAIA rankings

Rachelle Sayers
Posted at 10:06 AM, Jan 16, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Carroll College leads five Frontier Conference teams in the latest NAIA women's basketball top 25 poll, which was released Wednesday.

Prior to their win at Rocky Mountain College on Wednesday night, the Saints had climbed from 25th to No. 17 in the rankings. They're the highest-ranked team from the Frontier Conference, which also features Montana State-Northern, Rocky, Montana Western and Lewis-Clark State in the poll.

Rachelle Sayers' Carroll squad has won five consecutive games and is now 12-5 after Wednesday's win. The Saints have a huge game with Montana Western on Friday in Helena.

Northern is 18th in this week's poll, slipping from its previous No. 11 ranking. Chris Mouat's Lights are 13-3, but they've lost their past two games -- a 63-49 home loss to Carroll and a 68-64 at Providence. MSUN is at Lewis-Clark State on Thursday.

Rocky held at No. 20 in the poll. Prior to Wednesday's loss to Carroll, the Battlin' Bears had won six consecutive games under coach Wes Keller. They're 12-4 after the loss to Carroll with a game against Montana Western looming on Saturday.

Lindsay Woolley's Bulldogs inched up the rankings this week to No. 22. They were 24th last week. It's been a bit of an up-and-down season so far for the Bulldogs, who won the NAIA national championship last year, but they've won their past three games to get to 10-5, including wins over then-No. 13 Lewis-Clark and Montana Tech, which was receiving votes at the time. Western kicks off a difficult three-game stretch at Carroll on Friday before a home game against Rocky on Saturday and a trip to now-No. 25 Lewis-Clark on Jan. 23.

The Master's (Calif.) is the new top-ranked team, climbing up from No. 3 in the last poll. Oklahoma City is second, and Campbellsville (Ky.) fell from first to third. Westmont (Calif.) and Vanguard (Calif.) round out the top five of the poll, which is below.

2019-20 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

RANKLAST TIMESCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]RECORDPOINTS
13The Master's (Calif.) [5]18-0216
22Oklahoma City [4]13-0215
31Campbellsville (Ky.)18-1205
44Westmont (Calif.)13-2195
55Vanguard (Calif.)10-2190
66Wayland Baptist (Texas)12-2182
77Shawnee State (Ohio)18-2177
88Central Methodist (Mo.)14-1175
915Bethel (Tenn.)14-4163
1018Lyon (Ark.)14-1150
1110Talladega (Ala.)13-4144
1214Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)15-3143
139Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)11-5135
1417Loyola (La.)11-3129
1512Columbia (Mo.)12-3123
1616Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)13-5120
1725Carroll (Mont.)11-5108
1811Montana State-Northern13-3102
1923Grand View (Iowa)12-388
2020Rocky Mountain (Mont.)12-383
21NRClarke (Iowa)14-377
2224Montana Western10-563
23NRLSU Shreveport (La.)12-356
24NRMartin Methodist (Tenn.)11-450
2513Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)9-548

Receiving Votes: Benedictine (Kan.) 45, William Penn (Iowa) 31, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 25, Mid-American Christian (Okla.) 17, Philander Smith (Ark.) 13, Rust (Miss.) 9, Lindenwood Belleville (Ill.) 7, Cumberlands (Ky.) 6, Pikeville (Ky.) 5, LSU Alexandria (La.) 5.