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Gold Nuggets drop to 21st, Rush still 25th in NAIA polls

February 14, 2012

     NEW ORLEANS — For the third straight week the Xavier University of Louisiana women's basketball team dropped two places in the NAIA Division I coaches poll. The Gold Nuggets are 21st, their lowest rank of the season.
     The XU men are 25th for the third consecutive week despite collecting 13 fewer points than in the previous poll.
     The polls, the ninth of the season, were announced Monday afternoon before Xavier's Gulf Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Tougaloo — the final basketball games at The Barn. Xavier then swept the doubleheader, with the Gold Nuggets winning 52-46 and the Gold Rush rallying from 16 down for a 67-61 victory. The latter result may give the Rush a bump in next week's voting, because Tougaloo was 18th — up one spot — in the poll.
     The Gold Nuggets are in the top 25 for the 27th consecutive time. The Gold Rush appear in the top 25 for the 20th time in 21 polls.
     This past week the Gold Nuggets won 67-55 at SUNO and lost 68-62 at Talladega. The Gold Rush won 73-62 at SUNO and lost 84-64 at Talladega.
     Oklahoma City's women and Shorter's men are the top-ranked teams. Oklahoma City was a unanimous No. 1 for the third straight week, and Shorter replaced Robert Morris (Chicago) at the top.
     Also receiving votes for the first time this season was GCAC newcomer Talladega, whose women collected five points and are 32nd.
     Xavier is one of 11 schools with women's and men's teams in the top 25. The other schools are Azusa Pacific, Columbia (Mo.), Cumberlands, Georgetown (Ky.), Lee (Tenn.), Lindsey Wilson, MidAmerica Nazarene, Shorter, Southern Nazarene and Westmont. A week ago there were nine such schools.
     Xavier will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., for a GCAC doubleheader against Edward Waters on Saturday.

   
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Feb. 12)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Oklahoma City (12) 23-1 312 1
2 Union (Tenn.) 24-2 302 3
3 Freed-Hardeman 21-4 292 2
4 Lee (Tenn.) 25-1 282 4
5 Cumberlands 23-1 272 5
6 Westmont 23-2 262 6
7 Lubbock Christian 19-4 248 7
8 Lewis-Clark State 23-3 244 8
9 Shawnee State 22-4 226 10
10 Langston 23-2 225 9
11 Olivet Nazarene 23-3 212 11
12 Vanguard 17-5 205 12
13 Azusa Pacific 18-6 194 13
14 Saint Xavier 19-6 183 14
15 Southern Nazarene 19-7 165 17
16 Belhaven 20-6 153 15
17 Georgetown (Ky.) 17-8 152 16
18 Westminster (Utah) 17-7 151 18
19 Loyola 21-2 130 20
20 Campbellsville 18-9 121 21
21 Xavier 18-8 115 19
22 Shorter 20-5 101 23
23 Lindsey Wilson 18-8 90 24
24 MidAmerica Nazarene 18-8 87 22
25 Columbia (Mo.) 18-8 68 RV

Others receiving votes: Lyon 46, William Woods 40, LSU-Shreveport 34, Rogers State 32, Avila 23, San Diego Christian 18, Talladega 5, Robert Morris (Chicago) 3, Central Methodist 1, St. Gregory's 1, Rocky Mountain 1, Martin Methodist 1.

NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Feb. 12)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Shorter (10) 24-1 311 2
2 Oklahoma Baptist (1) 22-3 302 3
3 Robert Morris (Chicago) (1) 23-2 292 1
4 Southern Poly 20-4 281 4
5 Rogers State 20-4 268 6
6 Martin Methodist 20-5 259 7
7 Our Lady of the Lake 20-5 252 5
8 Westmont 18-5 235 9
9 Mountain State 20-6 231 10
10 Georgetown (Ky.) 19-6 220 8
11 Concordia (Calif.) 20-5 212 16
12 Texas Wesleyan 20-4 202 tie-13
13 John Brown 21-5 197 15
14 Lee (Tenn.) 18-5 167 17
15 Montana Western 20-7 155 24
16 Lindsey Wilson 16-8 152 12
17 Azusa Pacific 20-6 149 11
18 Tougaloo 21-5 144 19
19 LSU-Shreveport 18-6 141 18
20 Columbia (Mo.) 20-6 130 21
21 MidAmerica Nazarene 19-7 115 20
22 Montana State Northern 20-6 98 tie-13
23 Southern Nazarene 18-8 97 23
24 Cumberlands 15-9 63 RV
25 Xavier 18-7 57 tie-25

Others receiving votes: Saint Xavier 50, Evangel 35, Campbellsville 29, Point Loma Nazarene 22, Cumberland 19, Union (Tenn.) 18, Southwestern Assemblies of God 13, Westminster (Utah) 8, Biola 8, Cal State San Marcos 7, Baker 3, St. Thomas (Texas) 1, Oklahoma Christian 1, Pikeville 1, Great Falls 1, Science & Arts 1, Voorhees 1, Freed-Hardeman 1, Missouri Baptist 1, St. Catharine (Ky.) 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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