January 17, 2012

UMW Women's Basketball Rises to Ninth in USA Today/ESPN Division III Coaches Poll

Thanks to three victories this week, the University of Mary Washington women's basketball holds a national-best 16 wins against no losses, and that record has the Eagles up to ninth in the nation in this week's USA Today/ESPN Division III Coaches Poll, as released Tuesday. The Eagles move up four places from last week, and are tied for ninth with Mount Union College with 127 votes. Only six undefeated teams remain in Division III women's basketball.

The Top 25 women’s basketball coaches poll, with team’s RECORDS THROUGH MONDAY in parentheses, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, ranking in last week’s poll and first-place votes received:

Rank Institution - First Place Votes Last Week's Rank Record Points
1 Amherst College (Mass.) -5 1 14-0 197
2 University of Chicago (Ill.) -3 2 14-0 194
3 George Fox University (Ore.) 3 15-0 185
4 Calvin College (Mich.) 4 15-0 175
5 University of Rochester (N.Y.) 6 14-0 168
6 DePauw University (Ind.) 7 13-1 156
7 Lewis & Clark College (Ore.) 8 14-1 152
8 William Paterson University (N.J.) 5 15-1 138
9 University of Mary Washington (Va.) 13 16-0 127
9 University of Mount Union (Ohio) 12 14-1 127
11 Washington University (Mo.) T9 12-2 119
12 Hope College (Mich.) 14 14-2 106
13 Juniata College (Pa.) 17 15-1 94
14 Muhlenberg College (Pa.) T9 12-2 83
15 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point 11 13-3 76
16 Kean University (N.J.) 23 15-2 75
17 Franklin College (Ind.) 16 14-1 67
18 Lebanon Valley College (Pa.) 19 13-2 62
19 University of Wisconsin - River Falls 15 13-3 60
20 Babson College (Ma.) 20 12-2 53
21 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire NR 14-3 37
22 University of St Thomas (Minn.) NR 13-1 30
23 Piedmont College (Ga.) 18 13-2 29
24 Williams College (Mass.) 22 14-2 26
25 Centre College (Ky.) NR 13-1 16

Dropped Out: Carthage College (Wis.); Colby College (Maine); Greensboro College (N.C.).

Others receiving votes: Illinois Wesleyan University 13; Howard Payne University (Texas) 12; Ithaca College (N.Y.) 8; Messiah College (Pa.) 4; Tufts University (Mass.) 4; Carthage College (Wis.) 3; Johns Hopkins University (Md.) 3; Louisiana College 1.

The USA TODAY ESPN board of coaches is made up of nine head coaches at Division III institutions. All are members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The 2011-12 board: Patricia Manning- Non-voting Chair (Williams College), Kate Costanzo (Allegheny College), Nancy Fahey (Washington University-St. Louis), Julie Fulks (Lewis & Clark College), Kim Martin (Saint Joseph College), Stephanie Flamini (Guilford College), Dawn Henderson (The College of New Jersey), James Scheible (University of Rochester), and Mike Strong (University of Scranton).