PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville women’s basketball team earned its highest ranking since March 4, 2003 on Tuesday, coming in tied for No. 16 in the NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll.
UPIKE was last ranked higher 13 years ago at No. 15. The jump up from No. 17 last week comes even after the first loss of the season at No. 1 Campbellsville on Saturday, ending an NAIA-best 17-game win streak. The Bears also claimed a win in Mid-South Conference play at St. Catharine on Thursday.
Pikeville’s No. 12 ranking back in 2003 is their highest in program history.
The MSC leads the NAIA in ranked teams with five. Campbellsville is up first at No. 1, Shawnee State is No. 7, then UPIKE, No. 22 Lindsey Wilson and No. 25 Cumberland (Tenn.).
Westmont (Calif.) and Bethel (Tenn.) are tied for second in the poll, followed by Our Lady of the Lakes (Texas) alone at No.4 and Columbia (Mo.) and Carroll (Mont.) are tied at No. 5. Campbellsville picked up five of the nine first-place votes, Westmont received two and Columbia, the only undefeated team left at 18-0, earned two as well.
Prestonsburg native Kandice Porter is a junior forward for University of Pikeville women’s basketball team.