Kansas City, Mo. - With a perfect 10-0 record and wins over three nationally ranked foes, the Saint Xavier University women's basketball team has earned the No. 2 spot on the latest NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll released late Monday by the national office in Kansas City, Mo. It is the program's highest ranking in its 10-year history after the Cougars secured No. 3 nationally heading into March of the 2006-07 season. SXU women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg has a chance to achieve a unique feat that may be unprecedented in college basketball history by leading both a men's and women's team to a No. 1 ranking after taking the Chicago State University (Ill.) men's basketball team to the top spot back on January 24, 1983.
"Our program has reached a new level of success, but there is still another step we would like to take and that is the No. 1 ranking," said Hallberg. "Our team has been extremely focused this year, especially against some very tough competition. We are one of just three undefeated teams at our level in the top 25 and have proven that we can beat the best."
Saint Xavier (10-0 overall/1-0 CCAC) heads to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this weekend to take part in the Cruzin Classic on the campus of Nova Southeastern University (Fla.). The Cougars open with a 3 p.m. match-up against John Brown University (Ark.) on Friday, December 18, and then wrap up the event on Sunday, December 20, by taking on Mayville State University (N.D.) at 11 a.m.Click here to see the entire NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll from December 14, 2009