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Gold Nuggets 20th in NAIA poll after climbing one place

February 28, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — A victory over a city rival helped Xavier University of Louisiana climb one spot Monday in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25.
     The Gold Nuggets (24-6) are 20th after winning 59-54 at home Saturday against Dillard in the Crosstown Classic. It was the Nuggets' 24th consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic Conference victory, and it solidified their No. 1 seeding in the GCAC Tournament.
     The conference tournament will start Thursday at Edward Waters College's Adams-Jenkins Sports and Music Complex in Jacksonville, Fla. The Gold Nuggets, the tournament's defending champion, have a first-round bye and will play Friday in the semifinals. No starting time has been announced.
     This is the 11th poll of the season. It's the 17th consecutive appearance in the top 25 for Xavier's women, beginning with the poll of Jan. 25, 2010.
     SUNO, the No. 2 seed in the GCAC tourney, did not receive a vote for the first time in eight polls. The Lady Knights closed the regular season with three consecutive losses.
     The final poll will be announced March 9 after all conference tournaments have concluded.

   
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Feb. 27)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Union (Tenn.) (12) 28-1 312 1
2 Oklahoma City 25-2 297 2
3 Azusa Pacific 26-4 291 3
4 Campbellsville 25-3 288 4
5 California Baptist 23-7 269 tie-6
6 Bethel (Tenn.) 24-5 261 5
7 Freed-Hardeman 23-7 246 tie-6
8-tie Biola 25-5 239 8
8-tie Westminster (Utah) 25-5 239 9
10 Lewis-Clark State 25-4 223 10
11 Lee (Tenn.) 24-5 209 13
12 Olivet Nazarene 25-5 189 14
13 Lindsey Wilson 22-7 184 12
14 Columbia (Mo.) 25-5 182 15
15 Langston 24-5 176 11
16 Saint Xavier 22-6 156 17
17 Vanguard 16-10 149 16
18 Southern Nazarene 24-6 136 tie-18
19 Southern Polytechnic 25-4 129 20
20 Xavier 24-6 122 21
21 William Woods 27-3 117 tie-18
22 Westmont 20-8 96 23
23 Evangel 21-7 94 24
24 Lubbock Christian 20-8 93 22
25 Shorter 24-6 74 25

Others receiving votes: Shawnee State 53, Rogers State 51, Texas Wesleyan 24, Belhaven 23, John Brown 16, Lindenwood 15, Montana Tech 8, Voorhees 6, Robert Morris (Chicago) 6, Indiana South Bend 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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