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Nuggets 20th, going to nationals for 18th time in 20 years

March 12, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana climbed four places to 20th Wednesday in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The NAIA also announced that Xavier is one of 32 qualifiers for the national tournament.
     The Gold Nuggets (23-9) secured an automatic berth to nationals by defeating Talladega 66-59 Sunday in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament at XU's Convocation Center. The Nuggets qualified for the fifth consecutive year and the 18th time in 20 seasons, Xavier's ranking is its highest since Feb. 4.
     It's the 13th time that the Nuggets qualified for nationals during Bo Browder's 15 seasons as head coach.
     The GCAC will have two women's teams at nationals for the second consecutive year. Talladega, the regular-season champion and No. 22 in the poll, received its first-ever bid.
     Pairings and times for the NAIA Division I National Championship will be announced Wednesday evening. The tournament will be played March 19-25 at Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky.
     Vanguard, despite suffering its first loss of the season in the semifinals of its conference tournament, held on to No. 1 and received 9-of-10 first-place votes. The Lions have topped all 12 polls this season.
   
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches'
Top 25 Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses — records through March 11)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Vanguard (9) 26-1 250 1
2 Freed-Hardeman (1) 32-1 242 2
3 Westminster (Utah) 23-2 234 3
4 Campbellsville 30-3 226 4
5 Oklahoma City 22-4 218 5
6 Oklahoma Baptist 29-5 210 6
7 The Master's 24-8 202 7
8 Georgetown (Ky.) 21-8 188 9
9 Our Lady of the Lake 26-4 184 8
10 Columbia (Mo.) 26-7 175 tie-11
11 Wiley 27-4 165 10
12 Baker 26-6 161 13
13 Westmont 20-9 158 tie-11
14 MidAmerica Nazarene 26-3 152 14
15 Lewis-Clark State 26-5 137 15
16 Hope International 22-9 135 17
17 Lyon 24-8 119 tie-18
18 Wayland Baptist 20-11 112 tie-18
19 John Brown 25-7 101 20
20 Xavier 23-9 93 24
21 Montana State-Northern 21-9 85 21
22 Talladega 26-4 84 16
23 Cumberlands 19-10 78 22
24 Mobile 23-8 64 RV
25 Shawnee State 19-12 56 25

Others receiving votes: Bethel (Tenn.) 51, Langston 45, Loyola 31, Southern Poly 21, William Woods 13, Martin Methodist 9, Central Methodist 5.


 

 
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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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