DII women's basketball roundup: A Top 25 shakeup, Stevens' on the cusp of 1,000 wins, and more
What a difference a week makes.
Last week, there was no movement at all in the Top 10 of DII women's basketball. This week, only Ashland held strong as there was a complete shakeup in the Top 25.
The Top 25 by the numbers:
2 -- New teams to this week's Top 25. UC San Diego enters at No. 24 and University of the Sciences at No. 25.
2 -- Teams that remain undefeated in DII women's basketball. Ashland sits at 17-0 and IUP is 15-0. There were five undefeated teams in last week's poll, a large part of the Top 25 shuffle this week.
4 -- The biggest jump in the Top 25 this week, tied by three teams. Michigan Tech leapt to No. 12, Southwestern Oklahoma State jumped to No. 13 and North Alabama is up to No. 20.
8 -- Top 25 teams that had at least one loss last week, only two of which came at the hands of fellow Top 25 teams. Then-No. 2 West Texas A&M lost to Angelo State, Carson-Newman lost to Wingate, Augustana lost to MSU-Moorhead, California (Pa.) lost to Seton Hill, Edinboro dropped one to now-No. 2 IUP, Central Oklahoma lost to Emporia State, and Northern State lost to No. 11 Augustana. No. 23 Fort Lewis dropped back-to-back contests to Black Hills State and South Dakota Mines over the weekend.
8 -- Two-loss teams in the Top 25. Michigan Tech (12-2) is ranked the highest at No. 12.
9 -- Top 25 teams that are amongst the Top 10 scoring offenses in DII. No. 1 Ashland and No. 18 Glenville State continue to go back and forth at the top. This week, the Eagles lead the way, scoring 100.2 points per game.
9 -- Teams that switched spots in this week's Top 10. Ashland remains No. 1, Indiana (Pa.) jumps to No. 2, Lubbock Christian slides into No. 3, Alaska Anchorage is up two to No. 4 and Bentley jumps two into No. 5. Drury, Virginia Union, West Texas A&M, Carson-Newman and Central Missouri round out Nos. 6 through 10.
10 -- Spots Fort Lewis dropped this week, landing at No. 23, the biggest fallers this week. West Texas A&M fell six spots from No. 2 to No. 8.
13 -- Teams that have one loss in the Top 25. Lubbock Christian (15-1) is ranked the highest at No. 3. There were 15 one-loss teams a week ago.
16 -- Second longest current winning streak. Obviously, Ashland has just about every streak mark there is, but Virginia Union has reeled off 16 in a row since an opening night loss to No. 17 Edinboro.
17 -- Most wins so far in 2017-18. Both Ashland and No. 15 Azusa Pacific have reached the 17-win mark.
22 -- Consecutive weeks that Ashland has held on to the No. 1 spot in the country.
23 -- Teams that moved up, down or out of the Top 25. Only No. 1 Ashland and No. 11 Augustana held tight. Both St. Thomas Aquinas and Lander fell out of the rankings.
51.5 -- Points allowed per game by No. 8 St. West Texas A&M, second best in DII to Black Hills State and best amongst Top 25 schools.
54 -- Straight wins -- a DII women's basketball record -- that Ashland has reeled off, leading to their No. 1 status. The Eagles have a chance to break the DII basketball mark of 57 in two weeks.
368-35 -- Combined record of the Top 25.
999 -- Wins No. 5 Bentley's head coach Barbara Stevens head coach has heading into its January 17 matchup. Stevens looks to become the seventh college basketball coach to hit the 1,000 win mark.
The Top 25 conference breakdown
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference maintains its hold on the Top 25, with three teams, more than any other conference. The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference and California Collegiate Athletic Assosciation both return schools to the Top 25 this week.
|3||PSAC||IUP, California, Edinboro|
|2||GLIAC||Ashland, Michigan Tech|
|GLVC||Drury, Southern Indiana|
|GSC||Union, North Alabama|
|MIAA||Central Missouri, Central Oklahoma|
|NSIC||Augustana, Northern State|
|1||CACC||University of the Sciences|
|CCAA||UC San Diego|
|GAC||Southwestern Oklahoma State|
|LSC||West Texas A&M|