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Carroll College women vault to No. 6 in latest NAIA basketball coaches' poll

Providence Argos crack top 25
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Posted at 11:12 AM, Dec 16, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rachelle Sayers knew a challenging non-conference schedule would be beneficial for her Carroll College women's basketball team. Coaches around the nation agree.

Sayers and the Saints vaulted 14 spots to No. 6 in the latest NAIA women's basketball coaches' poll, which was released on Wednesday. Carroll has surged to a 5-0 mark this season, including an impressive win over then-No. 11 Concordia in early November. The Bulldogs have since tumbled out of the top 25.

Carroll also posted a lopsided 99-48 thrashing over former Frontier Conference rival Lewis-Clark State during the Thanksgiving Classic in Helena on Nov. 28.

Carroll has seen its last five games canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 concerns but returns to the court on Thursday at rival Montana Tech. It will be the first conference game of the season for Sayers and the Saints. The game is scheduled to tip at 5 p.m. in Butte.


The University of Providence found itself ranked in the first in-season edition of the coaches' poll. The Argos have yet to play a game and aren't scheduled to take the court until January, but received 105 votes to slide into the rankings.

Rocky Mountain College is receiving votes in the latest poll, which can be found below.

2020-21 NAIA women's basketball coaches' poll
Week of Dec. 16, 2020

11Westmont (Calif.) [12]0-1581
22Wayland Baptist (Texas) [3]2-0566
24Campbellsville (Ky.) [6]4-0566
45The Master's (Calif.)1-0522
56Oklahoma City0-0488
620Carroll (Mont.)5-0471
79Shawnee State (Ohio)8-0470
814Thomas More (Ky.)6-0461
93Marian (Ind.)9-4423
1010Vanguard (Calif.)0-0415
1122Indiana Tech9-0405
1216St. Francis (Ill.)7-1360
1313Clarke (Iowa)7-1320
1424Morningside (Iowa)7-2319
1512College of the Ozarks (Mo.)0-0312
167Southeastern (Fla.)5-2301
17NRMidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)7-2299
18NRSterling (Kan.)15-0288
19NRLindsey Wilson (Ky.)8-1271
2019Talladega (Ala.)4-1228
2123Saint Xavier (Ill.)2-0181
2221Columbia (Mo.)2-1176
2318Lyon (Ark.)0-0140
2414Bethel (Tenn.)5-3116
25NRProvidence (Mont.) (Mont.)0-0105

Dropped from the Top 25: Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), Central Methodist (Mo.), Dordt (Iowa), Concordia (Neb.)

Receiving Votes: Dakota State (S.D.) 101, Indiana Wesleyan 83, Loyola (La.) 73, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 67, Midland (Neb.) 53, Grand View (Iowa) 43, Bryan (Tenn.) 42, LSU Shreveport (La.) 26, Briar Cliff (Iowa) 26, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 14, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 11, Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 9, Rust (Miss.) 9, Concordia (Mich.) 8, Union (Ky.) 6, Taylor (Ind.) 4, Bushnell (Ore.) 4, Antelope Valley (Calif.) 3, Cumberlands (Ky.) 3