WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University women's basketball team remains ranked No. 24 in the Top 25 coaches' poll run by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) released on Tuesday. The Bison (14-0) are No. 24 in the latest USA Today/ESPN Division III Top 25 coaches' poll for a second week in a row as they collected 21 points.
The Bison are one of six undefeated teams left in Division III with the others also ranked in the coaches' poll including new No. 1 Hope College (15-0) followed by second-ranked Thomas More College (15-0). Former No. 1 Amherst College (15-1) drops to fourth after it lost to then No. 6 Kean University (14-2), who moved up to No. 3 this week. The other undefeated squads include No. 5 Babson College (14-0), No. 17 Denison University (16-0) and No. 21 Greensboro College (14-0). GU is sandwiched in between No. 23 Saint Vincent College (14-1) and No. 25 Louisana College (12-1).
Gallaudet inched closer to cracking the D3hoops.com Top 25 media poll as the Bison are the first team receiving votes and would be ranked No. 26 if counted out among those teams receiving votes. Gallaudet collected 47 points, six less than the week before.
Lebanon Valley (15-1), the nationally ranked team the Bison beat earlier in the season, moved up to No. 14 in the coaches' poll but moved back two spots in the D3hoops.com poll to No. 17. The Dutchmen's only loss this season was against Gallaudet in overtime 80-69 on November 28.
Gallaudet is also ranked nationally in several NCAA Division III categories including; 4th in steals per game (16.9), 10th in scoring margin (23.4), 13th in rebound margin (11.2), 16th in scoring offense (75.2 points per game), 17th in field-goal percentage (45.0 percent), 32nd in turnover margin (5.82) and 35th in scoring defense (51.8 points per game). The NCAA rankings are thru games on January 9, 2011.
About the polls
The D3hoops.com Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly. The USA TODAY/ESPN board of coaches is made up of nine head coaches at Division III institutions. All are members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).