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Nuggets drop into tie for 17th in NAIA Division I Top 25

January 11, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana dropped two spots into a tie for 17th in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 on Monday.
     This is the fourth poll of 2010-11, the third of the regular season and the first since Dec. 13.
     Xavier is tied for 17th with Southern Polytechnic. Despite the drop it's the Gold Nuggets' highest rank in the first January poll of a season since 2005, when they were 11th.
     The Gold Nuggets (15-4) won four of six games between polls and picked up another victory Monday — after the new rankings were announced — when they defeated William Carey 56-41 at The Barn.
     The XU women will continue a four-game home stand at 5 p.m. Saturday when they play city rival Loyola at The Barn. The other home games will be Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. against Tougaloo — the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference opener for both schools — and Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. against Mobile. Loyola and Mobile received poll votes this week.
     XU's women have won 36 of their last 41 games, and they lead NAIA Division I in scoring defense with 47.9 points allowed per game. Xavier led NAIA Division I in the same category last season.

   
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Jan. 9)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Union (Tenn.) (12) 15-0 312 1
2 Oklahoma City 13-0 302 2
3 Campbellsville 12-2 289 3-tie
4 Lewis-Clark State 16-1 285 3-tie
5 Freed-Hardeman 13-3 272 6
6 California Baptist 12-4 258 17
7 Biola 12-3 245 7
8 Azusa Pacific 12-4 224 8
9 Lee (Tenn.) 10-3 219 12
10 Bethel (Tenn.) 11-3 218 10
11 Saint Xavier 10-5 209 5
12 Vanguard 8-4 201 9
13 Lindsey Wilson 12-3 196 19
14 William Woods 15-1 188 13
15 Westminster (Utah) 14-4 185 11
16 Cumberlands 11-6 148 18
17-tie Xavier 14-4 142 15
17-tie Southern Polytechnic 11-2 142 14
19 John Brown 13-3 136 22
20 Southern Nazarene 12-3 116 16
21 Langston 10-4 111 20
22 Carroll (Mont.) 14-3 89 24
23 The Master's 12-3 88 RV
24 Olivet Nazarene 12-4 80 25
25 Columbia (Mo.) 11-5 73 RV

Others receiving votes: Shorter 59, Lubbock Christian 38, Westmont 32, SUNO 26, Lyon 16, Montana Tech 14, William Jewell 14, Southwestern Assemblies of God 6, Loyola 4; Robert Morris (Chicago) 3, Indiana-South Bend 1, Evangel 1, Avila 1, Martin Methodist 1, Shawnee State 1, Voorhees 1, Mobile 1, Rio Grande 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 teams in basketball, cross country and tennis and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and volleyball.

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