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More votes for Nuggets, but still short of NAIA's top 25

January 14, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana received more support Tuesday in the NAIA Division I women's basketball coaches poll but still fell short of the top 25.
     The Gold Nuggets (13-6) received 39 points and are 27th overall. They needed 60 points to reach the top 25. Xavier received five points and was 34th one week ago.
     Helping Xavier's climb was a 74-52 home victory Saturday against Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and city rival SUNO, which was tied for 28th last week.
     It's the third poll in a row that Xavier is out of the top 25 after 45 consecutive appearances. The Gold Nuggets were 15sth in the preseason.
     "If we keep winning, everything else will take care of itself," said XU coach Bo Browder, whose team has won nine of its last 10 games. "When we're ready to play, we can compete with anybody. When we're not ready to play, we can lose to anybody."
     The GCAC's lone top-25 team is Talladega, which climbed from 12th to 10th. The Lady Tornadoes will visit Xavier at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Xavier will play host to Edward Waters at 3 p.m. Saturday.
     Vanguard received 9-of-10 first-place votes and is No. 1 for the fourth time in as many polls this season.
     The next rankings will be announced next Tuesday (Jan. 21).
   
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches'
Top 25 Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses — records through January 12)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Vanguard (9) 11-0 250 1
2 Freed-Hardeman (1) 14-0 242 2
3 Oklahoma City 9-1 233 3
4 Westminster (Utah) 11-2 223 4
5 MidAmerica Nazarene 13-1 222 tie-5
6 Oklahoma Baptist 12-2 206 7
7 Georgetown (Ky.) 10-3 203 8
8 Campbellsville 14-2 194 tie-5
9 The Master's 12-3 191 9
10 Talladega 15-1 171 12
11 Our Lady of the Lake 11-1 168 11
12 Westmont 9-4 165 13
13 Bethel (Tenn.) 11-5 160 10
14 Wiley 13-1 145 17
15 Montana State-Northern 14-3 135 18
16 Coastal Georgia 15-1 127 15
17 Columbia (Mo.) 10-4 119 19
18 Lewis-Clark State 18-1 113 23
19 John Brown 11-3 103 16
20 Hope International 11-3 99 24
21 Baker 11-5 93 RV
22 Cumberlands 8-6 85 21
23 Benedictine (Kan.) 11-6 67 14
24 Martin Methodist 12-3 62 RV
25 LSU-Shreveport 10-3 60 RV

Others receiving votes: Lindsey Wilson 42, Xavier 39, Central Methodist 27, Mobile 20, Lyon 12, Southern Poly 7, Mid-America Christian 6, San Diego Christian 6.


 

 
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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, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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