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Gold Nuggets 28th in NAIA preseason rankings
October 26, 2009

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's women's basketball program, conspicuously absent from this past season's NAIA Division I National Championship, was 28th in the 2009-10 preseason coaches poll announced Monday.
     The Gold Nuggets, who missed the national tournament just twice in the past 15 seasons, received 37 points and missed the top 25 by 24 points. A year ago the Nuggets were 19th in the preseason poll but failed to sustain the momentum, dropping out of the top 25 by Jan. 12 and collecting three points to tie for 35th place in the final rankings.
     Xavier returns 11 letterwomen, including honorable-mention All-American Brittany Powell, and will begin its season this week in the Port City Tip-Off Classic at Mobile, Ala. The Nuggets will play Talladega at 5 p.m. Friday and Martin Methodist — which spent five consecutive weeks in the top 25 this past season — at 1 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be played at the University of Mobile's Pharr Gym.
     Xavier was one of three Gulf Coast Athletic Conference teams to receive votes. Loyola, the three-time defending regular-season champion, is No. 21. LSU-Shreveport, which earned its first bid to the national tournament this past season, is 34th.
     Xavier will play three preseason top-25 teams at The Barn after Christmas — No. 17 Lindsey Wilson on Jan. 2, No. 11 Campbellsville on Jan. 3 and Loyola on Jan. 25.
     The next coaches poll will be announced Dec 7.

   
2009-10 NAIA Division I
Women's Basketball
Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Union (Tenn.) (9) 37-1 280 1
2 Vanguard (2) 31-4 272 2
3 Oklahoma Baptist 32-5 261 4
4 Point Loma Nazarene 27-7 250 8
5 Lee (Tenn.) 30-6 238 5
6 Freed-Hardeman 25-9 232 6
7 Saint Xavier 26-5 224 6
8 Oklahoma City 31-6 220 12
9 Lambuth 29-5 209 9
10 Azusa Pacific 23-11 194 18
11 Campbellsville 26-7 193 13
12 Cumberlands 29-5 172 11
13 Trevecca Nazarene 25-8 171 9
14 Columbia (Mo.) 29-5 158 19
15 Southern Nazarene 24-8 148 14
16 Lewis-Clark State 23-8 129 22
17 Lindsey Wilson 25-9 127 17
18 Westmont 22-9 123 16
19 Lubbock Christian 27-7 117 10
20 Bethel (Tenn.) 19-13 112 23
21 Loyola 23-7 107 20
22 Auburn Montgomery 20-9 98 25
23 Carroll (Mont.) 15-16 80
24 Evangel 21-10 65 RV
25 Biola 20-12 61 21

Others receiving votes: William Woods 55, Westminster (Utah) 45, Xavier 37, The Master's 19, Wayland Baptist 13, Langston 13, Shorter 6, St. Francis (Ill.) 6, LSU-Shreveport 5, McKendree 4, Montana State-Northern 3, Georgetown (Ky.) 3, Indiana-South Bend 1, Benedictine (Kan.) 1, Morris 1; William Jewell 1, Pikeville 1, Rogers State 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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