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Nuggets climb two more spots to reach 12th in NAIA poll

February 7, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana is No. 12 in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 after climbing two places for the second straight week.
     The poll was announced Monday afternoon, a little less than two hours before the tip-off of the Gold Nuggets' game at William Carey. It's the highest ranking for the Gold Nuggets since Feb. 15, 2005, when they were 11th. Xavier was 2-0 last week, winning 77-60 at home against Belhaven and rallying late for a 72-68 victory at Dillard.
     Xavier was one of four teams from last week's top 25 to climb two or more places. Union (Tenn.), the lone unbeaten team and two-time defending national champion, is No. 1 for the 44th consecutive time.
     SUNO, the other Gulf Coast Athletic Conference team receiving votes, collected 25 points, 19 more than a week ago, to reach 28th place, its best ranking of the season. SUNO is 2-0 since Xavier gave the Lady Knights their only loss of the season.
     Xavier's other game this week will start at 5 p.m. Saturday at GCAC opponent Tougaloo. The Nuggets' next home game will tip off at 5 p.m. Feb. 19 against SUNO.

   
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Feb. 6)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Union (Tenn.) (12) 23-0 312 1
2 Oklahoma City 19-1 302 2
3 Campbellsville 19-3 289 4
4 Azusa Pacific 20-4 281 5
5 California Baptist 19-5 272 3
6 Bethel (Tenn.) 18-4 259 6
7 Freed-Hardeman 19-5 254 7
8 Westminster (Utah) 21-4 243 9
9 Biola 18-5 230 8
10 Lewis-Clark State 21-3 227 10
11 Lee (Tenn.) 18-4 212 11
12 Xavier 21-4 192 14
13 Olivet Nazarene 20-4 178 15
14 Vanguard 13-7 176 13
15 Langston 18-4 171 16
16 Lindsey Wilson 17-6 155 12
17 Columbia (Mo.) 18-5 150 17
18 Saint Xavier 16-6 141 18
19 Lubbock Christian 16-6 134 22
20 Southern Polytechnic 19-3 122 20
21 Westmont 17-5 117 24
22 William Woods 22-2 109 21
23 Southern Nazarene 19-5 98 19
24 Evangel 14-7 72 25
25 Shorter 18-5 52 RV

Others receiving votes: Shawnee State 48, John Brown 47, SUNO 25, Concordia (Calif.) 22, Carroll (Mont.) 21, Voorhees 17, Cumberlands 12, Martin Methodist 3, Belhaven 1, Indiana South Bend 1, The Master's 1, Lindenwood 1, Montana Tech 1, Texas Wesleyan 1, Pikeville 1, Southwestern Assemblies of God 1, William Jewell 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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