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Nuggets return to NAIA coaches top 25; they're No. 25

January 21, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana returned to the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 on Tuesday.
     The Gold Nuggets (15-6) are No. 25 — their first time in the top 25 since ranking 15th in the preseason poll on Oct. 29. Xavier has won three straight and 11 of its last 12 games.
     The other Gulf Coast Athletic Conference team in the top 25 is Talladega, which is 10th. Xavier defeated Talladega 66-50 at XU on Monday to end the Lady Tornadoes' five-game win streak and give them their second loss of the season. Xavier is 5-0 in the GCAC and the only unbeaten team in conference games.
     Xavier's next game will start at 5 p.m. Saturday against longtime rival Dillard in the Crosstown Classic at XU's Convocation Center.
     Vanguard received 8-of-10 first-place votes and is No. 1 for the fifth time in as many polls this season.
     The next rankings will be announced next Tuesday (Jan. 28).
   
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches'
Top 25 Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses — records through January 19)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Vanguard (8) 13-0 249 1
2 Freed-Hardeman (2) 17-0 243 2
3 Westminster (Utah) 12-2 230 4
4 MidAmerica Nazarene 15-1 228 5
5 Oklahoma Baptist 14-2 220 6
6 Georgetown (Ky.) 12-3 204 7
7 Oklahoma City 10-2 203 3
8 Campbellsville 16-2 193 8
9 The Master's 14-3 192 9
10 Talladega 16-1 175 10
11 Our Lady of the Lake 13-1 170 11
12 Westmont 11-4 168 12
13 Wiley 16-1 154 14
14 Lewis-Clark State 20-1 142 18
15 Columbia (Mo.) 12-5 125 17
16 Bethel (Tenn.) 12-6 124 13
17 Montana State-Northern 15-4 120 15
18 John Brown 13-3 118 19
19 Martin Methodist 14-3 108 24
20 Baker 13-5 102 21
21 Hope International 12-4 89 20
22 Cumberlands 10-6 87 22
23 Mobile 13-3 73 RV
24 Coastal Georgia 16-2 62 16
25 Xavier 14-6 56 RV

Others receiving votes: LSU-Shreveport 49, Central Methodist 49, Lyon 28, Benedictine (Kan.) 18, Southern Poly 14, Cumberland 6, Lindsey Wilson 4, SUNO 3.


 

 
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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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