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Gold Nuggets return to NAIA Division I top 25
January 26, 2010

     NEW ORLEANS — Less than an hour before its Monday game with Loyola, Xavier University of Louisiana returned to the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 for the first time in more than a year.
     TThe Gold Nuggets, among the "others receiving votes" in the previous five polls of the 2009-10 season, are No. 23 after collecting 78 points. It's the first time the Xavier women have been in the top 25 since Jan. 5, 2009, when they were 22nd.
     Xavier (14-5) defended its new ranking with a 60-55 victory at The Barn against Loyola, which dropped out of the top 25 after being 24th this past week. It was the Nuggets' season-high seventh consecutive victory, and it gave them a 7-0 record in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and a two-game lead over LSU-Shreveport and William Carey.
     The Nuggets' next game will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against GCAC opponent Belhaven at The Barn to conclude a three-game home stand. A victory would give the Nuggets their longest winning streak and their first 8-0 start in the GCAC since the 2004-05 season.

   
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Union (Tenn.) (12) 20-1 312 1
2 Point Loma Nazarene 18-1 302 2
3 Saint Xavier 20-1 290 3
4 (tie) Vanguard 11-2 273 5
4 (tie) Oklahoma Baptist 17-2 273 4
6 Lee (Tenn.) 17-2 259 7
7 Oklahoma City 15-3 254 9
8 Columbia (Mo.) 18-1 248 8
9 Campbellsville 19-1 238 10
10 Azusa Pacific 15-4 228 11
11 Lewis-Clark State 19-3 207 12
12 Cumberlands 15-5 193 13
13 Trevecca Nazarene 13-4 191 16
14 Westminster (Utah) 17-4 185 14
15 Freed-Hardeman 14-4 171 6
16 McKendree 15-4 168 15
17 Southern Polytechnic 18-1 154 17
18 Oklahoma Christian 15-5 136 18
19 William Woods 17-1 131 21
20 Lubbock Christian 13-5 122 20
21 Biola 11-6 118 22
22 Bethel (Tenn.) 12-7 84 19
23 Xavier 13-5 78 RV
24 The Master's 10-7 65 23
25 Rogers State 15-4 59 RV

Others receiving votes: Lambuth 49, Lyon 34, LSU-Shreveport 31, Shorter 29, Montana Tech 25, Baker 22, Southern Nazarene 21, Loyola 12, Evangel 8, Westmont 6, Georgetown (Ky.) 3, Wayland Baptist 1, Rio Grande 1, St. Francis (Ill.) 1, Indiana-South Bend 1, Martin Methodist 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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