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Photo by Wally Feldt
Photo by Wally Feldt
Women's Basketball - Tue, Feb. 14, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Montana Western went 2-0 last week and were rewarded with a move upward in the latest NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 poll. The Bulldogs (9-5, 20-5) moved up two spots to No. 20. 

Lewis-Clark State (14-1, 26-1) lost for the first time this season and dropped from second to fourth in the poll. MSU-Northern went 1-1 last week and fell four spots in the poll, dropping from 11th to 15th. Carroll College, the team to hand Lewis-Clark their first loss, was the only other Frontier Conference team to receive votes but not enough to move into the top 25. Click here for complete poll

For the fifth straight poll, Freed-Hardman (Tenn.) is No. 1 in the poll. Lindsay Wilson (Ky) moves up to No. 2 followed by Vanguard (Calif.), LCSC and Shawnee State (Ohio).

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups. The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.

The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team's ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on. Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered "receiving votes"

Frequency of polls occur bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) for the 2016-17 academic season. This change will allow raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work in between rating periods.