Lady Blues #4 In USA Today Coaches Poll

The Washburn Lady Blues climbed from No. 7 to No. 4 in the latest USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll which was released today. The Lady Blues (8-1) will travel to St. Joseph, Mo., on Wednesday to take on Missouri Western. The poll marks the 93rd consecutive week the Lady Blues have been ranked. The Griffons are currently 4-4 on the season.

USA TODAY/ESPN DIVISION II TOP 25 COACHES' POLL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Week 5 Poll: January 1, 2008

USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 women's basketball poll, with first-place votes noted to the side, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th.

Rank Institution - First Place Votes Previous Ranking Record Points

1. University of North Dakota - 23 1 13-0 647
2. Delta State University (Miss.) - 3 2 9-0 627
3. Drury University (Mo.) 6 9-1 568
4. Washburn University (Kan.) 7 8-1 530
5. Concordia University, St. Paul (Minn.) 8 12-0 528
6. Valdosta State University (Ga.) 9 12-1 498
7. University Of Alaska Anchorage 4 11-1 449
8. Seattle Pacific University (Wash.) 15 9-0 420
9. Indiana University of Pennsylvania 5 10-1 408
10. Southern Connecticut State University 10 9-2 396
11. Holy Family University (Pa.) 13 10-0 381
12. University Of California-San Diego 3 10-2 374
T13. Emporia State University (Kan.) 14 7-2 300
T13. University Of South Dakota 19 13-1 300
15. Northern Kentucky University 11 8-2 273
16. Missouri Southern State University 23 9-0 240
17. Texas A&M University-Commerce 18 8-2 194
18. Stonehill College (Mass.) 16 10-2 181
19. Minnesota State University, Mankato 21 12-1 177
20. University Of South Carolina Aiken 22 7-1 157
21. Clayton State University (Ga.) 17 7-3 152
22. California State University, Chico 12 8-3 148
23. Franklin Pierce University 25 11-1 122
24. West Texas A&M University 20 6-3 69
25. Augustana College (S.D.) NR 13-3 40

Dropped Out: Florida Institute of Technology

Others Receiving Votes: Barry University (Fla.) - 34; Fairmont State University (W. Va.) - 28; North Georgia College & State University - 26; Concordia College (N.Y.) - 21; Assumption College (Mass.) - 19; Johnson C. Smith University (N.C.) - 18; University of West Georgia - 17; Anderson University (S.C.) - 16; Sonoma State University (Calif.) - 15; Bryant University (R.I.) - 11; Bowie State University (Md.) - 8; University Of Nebraska - Kearney - 8; Fort Lewis College (Colo.) - 7; Armstrong Atlantic State University (Ga.) - 6; Bentley College (Mass.) - 6; Florida Institute of Technology - 6; Michigan Technological University - 6; Ferris State University (Mich.) - 5; University Of Tampa (Fla.) - 5; Arkansas Tech University - 2; Wayne State College (Neb.) - 2; Augusta State University (Ga.) - 1; Central Washington University - 1; Columbus State University (Ga.) - 1; Truman State University (Mo.) - 1; University Of Central Oklahoma - 1

The USA TODAY/ESPN Board of Coaches is made up of 29 head coaches at Division II institutions. All are members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The 2007-08 board: Gie Parsons - Non-voting Chair (Clarion University), Barbara Stevens (Bentley College), Brad Vanden Boogaard (Oklahoma Panhandle State University), Brandon Schneider (Emporia State University), Carol Russell (University of Nebraska - Kearney), Chris Ratcliff (University of Arkansas at Monticello), David Smith (Bellarmine University), Denny Downing (Texas A&M University-Commerce), Gary Brown (Bluefield State College), Greg Bruce (Western Oregon Univ.), Jamie Pewinski (Lake Superior State), Jacques Curtis (Shaw University), Jay Sparks (Columbus State), Jeff Dow (Anderson University), Jessica Smith (Univ. of New Haven), Joddie Gleason (Humboldt State University), John Barnes (Michigan Tech), Kevin Pederson (Lander University), Kip Drown (CSU Pueblo), Kristin Trn (Shippensburg University), Linda Raunig (Regis University), Linden Weese (Eastern New Mexico), Mark Swasey (Franklin Pierce University), Molly Goodenbour (California State University, Chico), Paul Fessler (Concordia University, St. Pauls), Sandra Rushing (Delta State University), Shannan Bergen (University of West Florida), Sherry Winn (University of Charleston), and Vanessa Taylor (Johnson C. Smith University).

*Please note that all voters for the DII poll are required to vote each week between 8 a.m. Monday and 1 p.m Tuesday ET.


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