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Gold Nuggets climb to 20th in NAIA rankings
January 9, 2008

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana climbed from 21st to 20th in the NAIA Division I women's basketball coaches poll released Wednesday.

It's the highest ranking of the season for the Gold Nuggets, who were 26th in the preseason and tied for 21st in two December polls. It's the Nuggets' highest ranking since the final regular-season poll of 2004-05, when they were 15th.

Xavier is 11-3 overall and 1-1 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, one game behind Loyola and Mobile. Loyola (9-4) fell from 18th to 19th in the coaches poll. Xavier will visit Loyola on Jan. 31 and host the Wolfpack on Feb. 28.

Union (12-0) of Jackson, Tenn., remains at No. 1, same as it was during the preseason, and was a unanimous choice for the top spot for the third consecutive ranking.

Xavier will play GCAC and city rival SUNO (4-5, 0-2) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at The Barn. It will be the first home game in 39 days for the Gold Nuggets.

The next coaches poll will be announced Jan. 16.

Xavier moved from 23rd to 21st in Kyle Woodworth's rankings at www.victorysportsnetwork.com. That list can be viewed by clicking here.

2007-08 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll — Jan. 9

RANK

LAST WEEK

SCHOOL

1ST PLACE VOTES

RECORD*

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Union University (Tenn.)

11

12-0

330

2

4

Lee University (Tenn.)

 

13-2

316

3

2

Vanguard University (Calif.)

 

7-2

303

4

5

Oklahoma Baptist University

 

13-0

297

5

3

Freed-Hardeman University (Tenn.)

 

11-2

291

6

6

The Master's College (Calif.)

 

10-2

272

7

7

Azusa Pacific University (Calif.)

 

12-2

269

8

10

Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.)

 

8-2

240

9

12

Langston University (Okla.)

 

10-1

234

10

8

Saint Xavier University (Ill.)

 

12-3

229

11

14

Lubbock Christian University (Texas)

 

11-2

219

12

9

Carroll College (Mont.)

 

12-2

212

13

16

Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho)

 

12-3

188

14

T17

Lambuth University (Tenn.)

 

8-4

177

15

13

Southern Nazarene University (Okla.)

 

10-2

174

16

T17

Oklahoma City University

 

8-3

172

17

11

Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.)

 

6-5

163

T18

T21

California Baptist University

 

8-2

133

T18

19

Loyola University (La.)

 

9-4

133

20

T21

Xavier University (La.)

 

11-3

99

21

24

Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.)

 

12-3

98

22

25

University of the Cumberlands (Ky.)

 

11-4

93

23

15

Cumberland University (Tenn.)

 

9-4

91

24

23

Westminster College (Utah)

 

13-4

89

25

RV

Berry College (Ga.)

 

12-3

56


Others receiving votes: Georgetown (Ky.) 52; Westmont (Calif.) 39; Brescia (Ky.) 38; Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) 33; Wiley (Texas) 28; Campbellsville (Ky.) 13; Oklahoma Christian 12; Montana-Northern 9; McKendree (Ill.) 3; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 2; Montana Tech 2; Shorter (Ga.) 2; Robert Morris (Ill.) 2; Montana Western 1; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 1.

* Records through Sunday, Jan. 6th

 

 
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