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Nuggets earn highest rank in final NAIA poll since 2005

March 26, 2012

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana climbed two places to 16th in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll announced Monday. It's the Gold Nuggets' best position in the final poll of a season since ranking 15th in 2005.
     Xavier (26-9) earned its second consecutive two-place climb after beating then-16th-ranked Southern Nazarene 74-67 in the opening round of the national tournament March 15 at Frankfort, Ky. Second-ranked Union (Tenn.), the tournament runner-up, eliminated the Gold Nuggets the following night with a 58-43 decision.
     Xavier is in the top 25 for the 31st consecutive time dating to January 2010. It's the Nuggets' longest top-25 streak since 34 straight polls from Jan. 13, 2003-March 8, 2005.
     The Gold Nuggets were 16th in the preseason poll on Oct. 24. Their highest position was 15th on Jan. 23, and their lowest was 21st on Feb. 13.
     National champion Oklahoma City was No. 1 for the seventh consecutive poll and the 10th time in 13 polls this season.
     NOTES:  Xavier was the only school to win a first-round game against a higher-ranked opponent at nationals in 2011 and 2012 . . . Tourbeau Sports Group is selling videos of the Gold Nuggets' two games at the national tournament for $20.95 per game. Click here to order online.
   
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Tuesday, March 20)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Oklahoma City (11) 35-1 281 1
2 Union (Tenn.) 35-3 272 2
3 Lubbock Christian 28-6 263 5
4 Westmont 31-4 254 4
5 Freed-Hardeman 28-6 244 3
6-tie Azusa Pacific 26-8 231 9
6-tie Shawnee State 28-6 231 8
8-tie Cumberlands 28-4 211 6
8-tie Langston 30-4 211 10
10 Lee (Tenn.) 30-4 203 7
11 Georgetown (Ky.) 24-10 187 19
12 Lewis-Clark State 29-5 181 12
13-tie Vanguard 23-7 166 13
13-tie Saint Xavier 24-9 166 14
15 Westminster (Utah) 23-9 158 15
16 Xavier 26-9 147 18
17 Olivet Nazarene 27-5 146 11
18 Southern Nazarene 24-10 121 16
19 Shorter 28-7 117 20
20 Biola 23-11 112 RV
21 Rogers State 22-12 105 RV
22 MidAmerica Nazarene 25-9 93 21
23 Belhaven 26-7 87 17
24 Avila 22-11 72 RV
25 Campbellsville 20-14 70 22

Others receiving votes: Columbia (Mo.) 52, Loyola 39, Lyon 38, William Woods 23, LSU-Shreveport 19, Lindsey Wilson 12, Our Lady of the Lake 9.

 

 
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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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