KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Montana Western held its No. 3 ranking and received two first-place votes in the latest NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, which was released Tuesday.
The Bulldogs (18-1 overall, 9-1 Frontier Conference) still sit behind Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) and Columbia (Mo.) in the rankings. Freed-Hardeman received seven first-place votes to maintain its hold on the No. 1 ranking. Campbellsville (Ky.) and The Master’s (Calif.) round out the top five at fourth and fifth, respectively.
Western leads five Frontier Conference teams in the top 25 poll, with Carroll College (15-6, 7-3) holding at No. 8. Lewis-Clark State (16-5, 6-4) is up one spot to No. 17, while Rocky Mountain College (15-7, 6-4) and Providence (14-8, 3-7) both slipped in the rankings. The Battlin’ Bears fell from 17th to No. 21, and the Argos slid from 20th to No. 22.
Western has won six consecutive games after suffering its first loss back on Jan. 5 — a 61-50 setback at Providence. The Bulldogs have defeated Carroll and Rocky twice each and Providence once during this recent winning streak. Western returns to action Tuesday at Montana Tech.
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