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Nuggets earn highest NAIA rank since February 2005

January 31, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana reached a six-year peak Monday when it climbed two spots to 14th in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25.
     It's the highest ranking for the Gold Nuggets (19-4) since Feb. 15, 2005, when they were 11th. Xavier was 2-0 last week, rallying from 15 down for a 48-47 home victory against Mobile and winning 64-47 at SUNO.
     Xavier was one of 10 teams from last week's top 25 to climb two or more places. Eleven ranked teams, including seven of the top 12, lost last week. Union (Tenn.), the lone unbeaten team and two-time defending national champion, is No. 1 for the 43rd consecutive time.
     SUNO, the other Gulf Coast Athletic Conference team receiving votes, collected six points, seven fewer than a week ago, to tie for 33rd place. The Nuggets on Saturday handed SUNO its first loss of the season.
     Xavier will play Belhaven, the last team to defeat the Nuggets, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Barn, then travel to Dillard for a 5 p.m. game Saturday against its GCAC, city and HBCU rival. Belhaven received votes in the poll and ranks 32nd.

   
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Jan. 30)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Union (Tenn.) (11) 21-0 281 1
2 Oklahoma City 18-1 271 2
3 California Baptist 18-4 264 5
4 Campbellsville 16-3 250 3
5 Azusa Pacific 18-4 243 7
6 Bethel (Tenn.) 18-3 239 8
7 Freed-Hardeman 17-5 229 4
8 Biola 17-4 218 6
9 Westminster (Utah) 19-4 209 11
10 Lewis-Clark State 19-3 199 13
11 Lee (Tenn.) 15-4 187 9
12 Lindsey Wilson 17-4 181 15
13 Vanguard 12-6 167 12
14 Xavier 19-4 159 16
15 Olivet Nazarene 19-4 152 21
16 Langston 17-4 142 17
17 Columbia (Mo.) 17-5 128 23
18 Saint Xavier 14-6 126 10
19 Southern Nazarene 17-4 122 20
20 Southern Polytechnic 16-3 111 19
21 William Woods 20-2 102 14
22 Lubbock Christian 14-6 92 25
23 Shawnee State 19-4 87 RV
24 Westmont 15-5 83 22
25 Evangel 12-7 47 RV

Others receiving votes: Shorter 42, John Brown 41, Carroll 36, The Master's 14, Cumberlands (Ky.) 14, Montana Tech 13, Belhaven 11, Voorhees 6, SUNO 6, Indiana South Bend 3, Martin Methodist 3, Concordia (Calif.) 1, Lindenwood 1, Southwestern Assemblies of God1.

 

 
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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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