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Xavier women 19th in NAIA preseason coaches poll
October 27, 2008

     NEW ORLEANS — For the first time since the 2004-05 season, the Xavier University of Louisiana women's basketball program is in the NAIA Division I preseason coaches top 25.
     The Gold Nuggets — 27-7 this past season and the preseason favorite in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference coaches poll — are No. 19 after collecting 112 points from a nationwide panel of 11 coaches. It's Xavier's first preseason ranking since the 2004-05 team was 15th.
     Xavier will play the Louisiana Hurricanes in an exhibition at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Barn. The Nuggets' first regular-season home game will tip off at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 against Huston-Tillotson.
     The Nuggets return five letterwinners, including starters Shayla Boyd and LaTashia Wise, from this past season. Also back is Johnna Williams, Xavier's leading returning scorer and rebounder.
     Loyola, which beat Xavier for the GCAC regular-season title the past two seasons but lost 65-64 at home to the Nuggets in the 2008 GCAC Tournament final, is No. 24. The Wolfpack is the only other GCAC team in the top 25. A third league member, William Carey, received one point.
     Three other Xavier opponents are ranked. Lee (Tenn.) is No. 7, Berry is No. 23, and Olivet Nazarene is No. 25. The Nuggets will play all three of those opponents on the road.

   
2008-09 NAIA Division I
Women's Basketball
Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Union (Tenn.) (8) 35-1 279 1
2 Vanguard (3) 29-5 274 4
3 Freed-Hardeman 29-8 263 7
4 Trevecca Nazarene 23-12 254 20
5 Lewis-Clark State 29-5 238 10
6 Azusa Pacific 24-8 224 9
7 Lee (Tenn.) 32-3 221 2
8 Carroll (Mont.) 27-6 216 13
9 Lambuth 24-10 215 11
10 Oklahoma Baptist 29-5 214 8
11 Point Loma Nazarene 29-3 197 3
12 Oklahoma City 28-5 187 5
13 (tie) California Baptist 17-12 160
13 (tie) Saint Xavier 23-9 160 14
15 Lubbock Christian 25-10 158 17
16 (tie) The Master's 21-12 117 16
16 (tie) Westminster (Utah) 24-9 117 18
18 Georgetown (Ky.) 23-10 114
19 Xavier 27-7 112 24T
20 Columbia (Mo.) 17-15 97
21 Cumberlands 23-9 89 24T
22 Southern Nazarene 25-7 88 12
23 Berry 26-8 87
24 Loyola 28-7 79 15
25 Olivet Nazarene 24-7 69 21

Others receiving votes: Lindsey Wilson 55, Westmont 48, McKendree 42, William Jewell 42, Campbellsville 23, Bethel (Tenn.) 20, Oklahoma Christian 14, Emmanuel 6, Robert Morris (Chicago) 6, Martin Methodist 4, Benedictine (Kan.) 3, MidAmerica Nazarene 1, Montana State Northern 1, Science and Arts of Oklahoma 1, Rocky Mountain 1, Park 1, William Carey 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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