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Hillcats Maintain No. 25 National Ranking

Senior Sasha Barnes and the Hillcats maintain their No. 25 ranking. (Photo by Ryan Weaver)Senior Sasha Barnes and the Hillcats maintain their No. 25 ranking. (Photo by Ryan Weaver)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Rogers State women’s basketball team held steady at No. 25 in the 10th edition of the 2011 – 12 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday.

The Hillcats maintained their No. 25 ranking after a 2-0 week, knocking off No. 15 Southern Nazarene 71-63 at the Claremore Expo on senior night. RSU rounded out the regular season on Saturday with a 78-50 win over USAO.

Three Sooner Athletic Conference foes were recognized in the poll. For the fifth straight week, Oklahoma City University was unanimously selected as the No. 1 team in the NAIA.  Lubbock Christian improved two spots, coming in at No. 4 and the Crimson Storm fell one spot to No. 16 with the loss to the Hillcats.

Union (Tenn.) and Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) remained in the No. 2 and 3 spots for the third-straight poll with 272 and 263 points, respectively.

Westmont (Calif.) and Lee (Tenn.) are tied at No. 5 this week with 240 points each. Westminster (Utah), the Frontier Conference regular-season champion, is this week’s biggest mover, jumping two spots to No. 14.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference and unaffiliated groups. The final regular-season Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll will be announced on March 7.

For a complete look at the Top 25 Poll click here

Rogers State (20-10) will compete in the Sooner Athletic Conference March 1-3. The Hillcats enter the tournament as the fourth seed and will take on the fifth seed St. Gregory’s at 10:45 a.m. at Bill George Arena on the Campus of John Brown University (Ark.).


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