The Lady Blues continued their climb up the national poll with a No. 6 ranking in Tuesday's USA Today Sports national coaches' poll. Washburn, ranked seventh last week, will put its 6-0 record on the line with a game at 5 p.m. Central Tuesday against No. 20 Western Washington at the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Lady Blues have been ranked in 162 of the last 163 polls, dating back to week three of the 2002-03 season. The final poll of the 2010-11 season was the last time Washburn was not ranked. This is Washburn's 117th time in the national top 10.
Washburn will play No. 24 Wisconsin-Parkside Wednesday at noon in Las Vegas and then break for the holidays. The season will resume on January 2 against Emporia State at 5:30 p.m. in Lee Arena. That game moved from a 7 p.m. start and will now be part of a doubleheader with the men taking on ESU at 7:30. The game will be played as a non-conference contest.
Additional MIAA teams in the week's ranking include No. 10 Fort Hays State and No. 17 Pittsburg State. Central Missouri and Central Oklahoma received votes in this week's poll.