PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville women’s basketball team picked up its highest ranking since 2003, jumping up three spots to No. 20 in the second edition of the NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll, national office officials announced on Tuesday.
Lacking a win over an NAIA Div. I top-25 opponent, the Bears were still kept from making a giant leap in the poll despite sporting the program’s best start in history at 14-0. UPIKE is one of two undefeated teams left in the NAIA, joining 14-0 Columbia (Mo.).
UPIKE will quickly get a chance to face a ranked opponent as Thursday’s opponent, Lindsey Wilson, made its debut in the poll this season at No. 25. Then on Saturday, the Bears are right back at it against another ranked Mid-South Conference team in No. 18 Cumberland (Tenn.).
Campbellsville leads MSC teams in the rankings at No. 3, followed by Shawnee State tied at No. 9, then Cumberland, UPIKE and Lindsey Wilson.
Westmont (Calif.) is the new No. 1 team in the nation, receiving eight of the nine available first-place votes and collecting 219 voting points to lead the way.