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Xavier women miss preseason top 25 by 3 points
For immediate release . . . October 31, 2007

NEW ORLEANS — Just missed again.

The Xavier University of Louisiana women's basketball team was three points from reaching the top 25 in the NAIA Division I preseason poll released Wednesday. The Gold Nuggets collected 64 points to lead the list of "others receiving votes."

The Nuggets' position was the same in February, when they missed the top 25 by two points in the final regular-season poll.

Xavier was 23-12 in 2006-07 and returns four starters — guards Jarryn Cleaves and Brittany Whitmore, center Erica Turnbull and forward Tiffany Norris — from that team. All are seniors.

Cleaves is a three-time All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference selection and was an NAIA honorable-mention All-American as a junior. Turnbull was All-GCAC as a junior.

Xavier spent five weeks in the top 25 during the 2006-07 season and climbed as high as No. 21.

Two Xavier opponents are in the top 25. One is No. 14 Langston, whom the Nuggets will visit Thursday (Nov. 1) in the season opener; the other is GCAC and city rival Loyola, which is No. 17. Xavier will visit Loyola on Jan. 31 and play host to the Wolfpack on Feb. 28.

Union (Tenn.), which reached the semifinals of the national tournament in March, is the preseason No. 1 team.

The first regular-season poll will be released Dec. 5.

2007-08 NAIA Women's Basketball Preseason Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll

RANK

06-07

FINAL

SCHOOL

1ST PLACE VOTES

2006-07 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

3

Union (Tenn.)

9

30-6

328

2

1

Vanguard (Calif.)

2

31-1

321

3

4

Lee (Tenn.)

0

29-4

293

4

8

Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.)

0

27-7

287

5

10

Southern Nazarene (Okla.)

0

29-6

281

6

2

St. Xavier (Ill.)

0

29-3

274

7

9

Carroll (Mont.)

0

30-5

250

8

17

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

0

21-11

245

9

7

Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)

0

24-8

242

10

6

Lubbock Christian (Texas)

0

26-7

233

11

19

Lambuth (Tenn.)

0

27-9

220

T12

5

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

0

31-3

204

T12

16

Oklahoma City

0

27-8

204

14

19

Langston (Okla.)

0

29-5

193

15

14

Cumberland (Tenn.)

0

27-8

173

16

13

Azusa Pacific (Calif.)

0

24-8

164

17

21

Loyola (La.)

0

25-9

137

18

NR

West Virginia Tech

0

24-9

122

19

NR

The Master's (Calif.)

0

15-13

121

20

23

Oklahoma Baptist

0

17-13

113

21

NR

Columbia (Mo.)

0

26-8

110

22

NR

Brescia (Ky.)

0

23-15

94

23

15

Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)

0

28-6

71

24

NR

Westminster (Utah)

0

22-12

70

25

NR

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

0

16-16

67

 

Others receiving votes: Xavier (La.) 64; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 50; California Baptist 33; Harris-Stowe (Mo.) 31; Cumberlands (Ky.) 27; Oklahoma Christian 25; Montana Tech 16; Mobile (Ala.) 14; Westmont (Calif.) 14; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 10; Georgetown (Ky.) 4; McKendree (Ill) 3: Montana State-Northern 2; St. Francis (Ill.) 2; Campbellsville (Ky.) 1; Robert Morris 1; Science & Arts (Okla.) 1.

 

 
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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis.

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