KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Five Frontier Conference teams remain the top 25 of the NAIA Division I women's basketball coaches poll. The latest rankings, which were released Wednesday, include Carroll College, Montana State-Northern, Lewis-Clark State, Montana Western and Rocky Mountain College. Providence also received votes.
Rachelle Sayers' Carroll College Fighting Saints are the highest-ranked Frontier team, maintaining their place at No. 17 in the poll. The Saints (14-6 overall, 6-2 Frontier Conference) have won seven of their past eight games to climb to the top of the Frontier Conference standings. Their lone loss in 2020 came at MSU-Northern, a 70-62 setback to the Skylights.
Chris Mouat's MSUN squad remained at 18th in the NAIA rankings and is tied for fourth in the Frontier standings. Northern (15-5, 4-4) is coming off a 12-point home loss to Providence after back-to-back wins over Montana Tech and Carroll.
The Warriors of Lewis-Clark State climbed four places to No. 21 in the NAIA top 25. Coached by Livingston native Brian Orr and led on the court by former Columbia Falls High School standout Kiara Burlage, Lewis-Clark (13-5, 5-3) has won four consecutive games to move into a tie for second in the league standings.
Montana Western has alternated wins and losses the past two weeks under coach Lindsay Woolley. The reigning national champion Bulldogs (12-7, 5-3) held steady at 22nd in the NAIA rankings and are tied with Lewis-Clark for second int he Frontier standings.
Rocky Mountain College, led by coach Wes Keller, has slipped to 24th in the NAIA rankings after losing three of its past four games. The Battlin' Bears played close in losses to Carroll and Western, then beat Montana Tech before a 28-point loss to Lewis-Clark State. Rocky (12-6, 4-4) is tied with Northern for fourth in the league standings.
The complete Frontier Conference women's basketball standings can be found here.
The complete NAIA women's basketball top 25 poll -- which features a top five of Oklahoma City, Campbellsville (Ky.), The Master's (Calif.), Westmont (Calif.) and Wayland Baptist (Texas) -- is below.
2019-20 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]||RECORD||POINTS|
|1||2||Oklahoma City ||18-0||219|
|3||1||The Master's (Calif.)||20-1||206|
|5||6||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||17-2||192|
|7||7||Shawnee State (Ohio)||19-3||172|
|9||8||Central Methodist (Mo.)||18-2||170|
|14||12||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||17-4||131|
|16||16||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||16-5||115|
|20||NR||William Penn (Iowa)||14-4||86|
|21||25||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||13-5||72|
|23||NR||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||10-5||53|
|24||20||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||13-6||47|
|25||24||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||13-7||41|
Receiving Votes: Rust (Miss.) 37, Grand View (Iowa) 25, LSU Alexandria (La.) 25, Thomas More (Ky.) 23, LSU Shreveport (La.) 21, Philander Smith (Ark.) 16, Cumberlands (Ky.) 13, Pikeville (Ky.) 7, Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 6, Providence (Mont.) 6, Edward Waters (Fla.) 4, William Woods (Mo.) 3