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Five Frontier Conference teams ranked in NAIA women's basketball top 25

Carroll College leads way at No. 17
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Posted at 11:19 AM, Jan 29, 2020

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

RANKLAST TIMESCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]RECORDPOINTS
12Oklahoma City [9]18-0219
23Campbellsville (Ky.)21-1211
31The Master's (Calif.)20-1206
44Westmont (Calif.)15-3195
56Wayland Baptist (Texas)17-2192
65Vanguard (Calif.)14-3182
77Shawnee State (Ohio)19-3172
89Bethel (Tenn.)14-3171
98Central Methodist (Mo.)18-2170
1011Talladega (Ala.)16-4153
1110Lyon (Ark.)17-2146
1214Loyola (La.)14-3139
1313Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)15-5136
1412Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)17-4131
1515Columbia (Mo.)17-3125
1616Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)16-5115
1717Carroll (Mont.)14-6106
1818Montana State-Northern15-594
1921Clarke (Iowa)16-487
20NRWilliam Penn (Iowa)14-486
2125Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)13-572
2222Montana Western12-761
23NRMidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)10-553
2420Rocky Mountain (Mont.)13-647
2524Martin Methodist (Tenn.)13-741

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