Women's Basketball - Wed, Jan. 3, 2007
Olathe, Kan. - After knocking off previously No. 6 ranked Freed-Hardeman University (Tenn.) in the Virgin Islands in mid-December, the Saint Xavier University women's basketball team jumped five spots to No. 4 nationally in the latest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Women's Basketball Rating released Wednesday by the national office. The Cougars, who started the season ranked No. 17 in the preseason poll, have been on fire opening with a 15-1 record and notching wins against No. 12 Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.), No. 6 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), and No. 1 Union University (Tenn.). With 283 points, SXU is tied for the No. 4 spot with Lewis-Clark State University (Idaho), a team that currently boasts a 14-1 mark this season. Vanguard University (Calif.) garners the No. 1 spot with 10 of the 11 first-place votes and 329 points. It is the second straight poll that Vanguard has held the top spot. Oklahoma City University (Okla.) and Union University (Tenn.) sit at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in the first poll of the new year. Saint Xavier (15-1 overall) heads to Bourbonnais, Ill., on Tuesday, January 9, to take on Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) in its conference opener. Game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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