KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Carroll College sky-rocketed up the NAIA Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, climbing into the top 10 in the latest edition, which was released Tuesday.
The Saints were ranked 24th in the most-recent rankings on Jan. 2, but a six-game winning streak vaulted them to 10th in this week’s rankings. Carroll notched wins over Frontier Conference foes then-No. 10 Montana Western, then-No. 7 Lewis-Clark State, Rocky Mountain College and Montana Tech in the past two weeks.
Western, after dropping three of its past four contests, fell out of the top 25, and L-C State tumbled to 23rd.
Providence and Rocky, though, went from unranked to ranked this week. The Argos, who currently have the top spot in the Frontier Conference standings, sit at No. 14 and the Battlin’ Bears at 18th. It’s the highest ranking in program history for Rocky, which is appearing in the top 25 for just the fifth time in program history.
Providence (14-3 overall) and Carroll (13-4) are both 5-1 in league play, one game ahead of Rocky Mountain College (14-2 overall, 4-2 conference). Lewis-Clark State (12-5, 3-3) is fourth.
Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) received all nine first-place votes, replacing Vanguard (Calif.) as the top-ranked team. Vanguard fell to No. 2 in the rankings, followed by Campbellsville (Ky.), Shawnee State (Ohio) and Oklahoma City.