Carson-Newman Leaps Nine Spots To No. 13 In Latest USA Today/ESPN Division II Poll
LILBURN, Ga. - The Carson-Newman women’s
basketball team jumped nine spots in the first WBCA USA
TODAY/ESPN Division II poll since Dec. 14, WBCA officials
announced Tuesday. The Lady Eagles are now ranked No. 13, which is
second-highest in school history. The nine-spot leap is the largest
of any school in the poll.
Carson-Newman moved picked up three wins since the last poll to move to 12-0 on the year with a 2-0 mark in South Atlantic Conference play. The Lady Eagles concluded their seven-game road trip with wins at USC Aiken and Augusta State over the Christmas Holiday. The team also defeated Newberry in league action Saturday at home by an 86-73 score.
C-N is off to its best start since in school history and is one of nine D-II schools that remain undefeated on the year. The Lady Eagles reached the twelfth spot nationally during the 2005-06 season, its highest-ever ranking.
Franklin Pierce takes over the top spot in this week’s poll after holding the No. 2 ranking for the previous five weeks. Clayton State, which Carson-Newman defeated, 65-62, on Dec. 12, moves up four spots this week to No. 11.
Fellow South Atlantic Conference school Lenoir-Rhyne has dropped out of the top 25 for the first time since the middle of last season while Newberry and Wingate are each receiving votes.
C-N returns to the court Saturday when it travels to Mars Hill to take on the Lions in SAC action at 2:00 p.m.
The WBCA USA TODAY/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll is voted on by 30 head coaches from across the nation at NCAA Division II institutions.
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