Mo. - Without playing a
game over the past week, the Saint Xavier University women's basketball team
moved up one spot to No. 5 in the latest edition of the NAIA Women's Division I
Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll released Monday afternoon by the national
office in Kansas City, Mo. The Cougars
(7-2 overall) had been ranked at No. 6 in both the preseason poll and last
week's first official 2010-11 poll (Dec. 6) before making today's jump into the
top five. Both of SXU's losses this
season have come against top-ranked foes in No. 1 ranked Union University
(Tenn.), 71-63, and No. 9 Saint Ambrose University (Iowa), 85-73.
just shows the tradition of excellence that our program has maintained
nationally in the NAIA over the last few years," said Saint Xavier University
women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg.
"We lost some key seniors from last year's team that went 31-2 and
finished in the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament, but our
returning players continued to work hard and have kept us playing at a high
level this season as well. This group
knows what it takes to win."
Saint Xavier (7-2
overall) heads to Daytona Beach, Fla., for the Daytona Beach Shootout, which
begins on Sunday, December 19. The
Cougars open the event with a 4 p.m. (central) game against No. 15 ranked Lindsey
Wilson College (Ky.).