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Despite two losses, Gold Nuggets stay in top 25
February 6, 2008

NEW ORLEANS — One week ago, the Xavier University of Louisiana women's basketball team was enjoying a No. 18 ranking — its highest position in three years — in the NAIA Division I coaches poll.

On Wednesday the Gold Nuggets were clinging to their top-25 status. After consecutive road losses this past week in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, Xavier dropped into a 24th-place tie with Westminster (Utah) in the newest poll.

Xavier (17-5 overall, 7-3 GCAC) made the biggest move in either direction in this week's rankings. The Nuggets lost 71-51 at GCAC leader Loyola, then 73-65 at William Carey this past week.

Loyola, which leads the GCAC by three games over Xavier and Mobile, moved up one spot to No. 15.

Union (21-0) of Jackson, Tenn., maintained the No. 1 spot it has held since the preseason. The Lady Bulldogs were a unanimous choice for the top spot for the seventh consecutive ranking.

Xavier will play two more GCAC games this week: 5:30 p.m. Thursday against SUNO (4-13, 0-10) at Delgado Community College Gym and 5 p.m. Saturday against Belhaven at The Barn. Belhaven will be Xavier's first home opponent in three weeks.

The next coaches poll will be announced Feb. 13.

2007-08 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll — Feb. 6

RANK

LAST WEEK

SCHOOL

1ST PLACE

VOTES

RECORD*

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Union University (Tenn.)

11

21-0

330

2

2

Lee University (Tenn.)

 

21-2

319

3

3

Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.)

 

16-2

307

4

4

Vanguard University (Calif.)

 

14-3

296

5

6

Freed-Hardeman University (Tenn.)

 

18-4

274

6

5

Azusa Pacific University (Calif.)

 

17-4

266

T7

7

Oklahoma City University

 

16-4

260

T7

7

Langston University (Okla.)

 

19-1

260

9

9

Oklahoma Baptist University

 

18-2

242

10

10

Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho)

 

18-3

237

11

11

Saint Xavier University (Ill.)

 

18-4

221

12

12

The Master's College (Calif.)

 

15-5

207

13

14

Carroll College (Mont.)

 

17-3

194

14

15

Southern Nazarene University (Okla.)

 

17-3

193

15

16

Loyola University (La.)

 

16-4

166

16

17

Lambuth University (Tenn.)

 

14-7

165

17

13

Lubbock Christian University (Texas)

 

17-5

156

18

19

Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.)

 

12-8

120

19

21

Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.)

 

18-4

117

T20

22

University of the Cumberlands (Ky.)

 

16-6

100

T20

19

California Baptist University

 

12-6

100

22

23

Harris-Stowe State University (Mo.)

 

17-6

95

23

24

Berry College (Ga.)

 

17-4

77

T24

25

Westminster College (Utah)

 

17-6

76

T24

18

Xavier University (La.)

 

17-5

76


Others receiving votes: Westmont (Calif.) 68; Wiley (Texas) 55; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 51; Georgetown (Ky. 22; Robert Morris (Ill.) 17; Science and Arts of Oklahoma 13; McKendree (Ill.) 12; Montana Western 7; Lyon (Ark.) 7; Oklahoma Christina 3; Shorter (Ga.) 2; Montana-Northern 2; Campbellsville (Ky.) 2.


Gold Nuggets in the 2007-08 NAIA Division I rankings
WeekRankingPoints
October 31 (preseason) RV-26th 64
December 5 21st (tie) 96
December 12 21st (tie) 107
January 9 20th 133
January 16 21st (tie) 104
January 23 21st 114
January 30 18th 126
February 6 24th (tie) 76
RV — received votes

 

 
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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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