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Montana Western, Carroll College lead Frontier Conference teams in NAIA women's basketball rankings

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Posted at 1:44 PM, Feb 26, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Montana Western leads four Frontier Conference teams in the NAIA Division I women's basketball coaches' poll. The latest top 25 was released Wednesday.

The reigning national champion Bulldogs moved up to No. 17 to overtake Carroll College as the highest-ranked Frontier team in the poll. The Fighting Saints are 18th. Lewis-Clark State is 21st and Rocky Mountain College is 24th. Providence also received votes, finishing just outside the top 25.

With just two games each remaining in conference play, Western and Carroll are tied atop the league standings. Western (18-9 overall, 11-5 Frontier Conference) hosts Montana Tech on Thursday and Lewis-Clark State on Saturday, while Carroll (19-9, 11-5) closes with home games against Providence on Thursday and Montana State-Northern on Saturday.

The Frontier Conference playoffs are scheduled to start March 4.

Oklahoma City received all nine first-place votes to maintain the No. 1 ranking in the national poll. Campbellsville (Ky.), Westmont (Calif.), The Master's (Calif.) and Wayland Baptist (Texas) round out the top five. The entire poll is below.

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

RANKLAST WEEKSCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]RECORDPOINTS
11Oklahoma City [9]27-0219
23Campbellsville (Ky.)27-2212
34Westmont (Calif.)23-3205
42The Master's (Calif.)26-2197
55Wayland Baptist (Texas)26-2192
67Bethel (Tenn.)24-4180
76Vanguard (Calif.)21-4178
88Central Methodist (Mo.)26-2173
99Shawnee State (Ohio)25-4163
1010Talladega (Ala.)24-4154
1111Lyon (Ark.)25-2150
1214Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)24-5137
1312Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)24-5136
1412Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)22-6129
1515Columbia (Mo.)23-5122
1616Loyola (La.)19-5112
1719Montana Western18-9100
1816Carroll (Mont.)19-998
1918William Penn (Iowa)20-695
2019Clarke (Iowa)23-592
2121Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)18-878
2222Thomas More (Ky.)18-967
2325Rust (Miss.)21-553
24NRRocky Mountain (Mont.)17-1044
25NRWilliam Woods (Mo.)23-639

Receiving Votes: Providence (Mont.) 35, Evangel (Mo.) 33, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 29, LSU Shreveport (La.) 27, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 18, Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 18, Philander Smith (Ark.) 9, LSU Alexandria (La.) 4, Oklahoma Science & Arts 3, Cumberlands (Ky.) 3.