AUM remains at 24th in NAIA Coaches Top 25 Poll | News
The NAIA released its seventh Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll today, with Auburn Montgomery holding firm at the 24th spot after extending its winning streak to five games.
The Warhawks (18-5) defeated Southern States Athletic Conference foe Loyola on Thursday, and then routed Morris 82-32 on Saturday. The victory was AUM’s largest in 10 years, while the five-game winning streak is the second longest of the season; the Warhawks won their first 10 to start 2012-13.
Tina Odume continued to lead the AUM offensive attack, setting new career-highs in points (22) and rebounds (17) in the victory over Morris. AUM’s defense, meanwhile, improved to seventh overall in the NAIA after allowing a total of 72 points in the two games last week. The Warhawks limit opponents to an average of 53.8 points per game.
AUM received 75 points in the poll, which is the exact amount the team received last week. The Warhawks are six points behind 23rd ranked William Woods.
Oklahoma City and Freed-Hardeman moved into a share for the No. 1 spot. This is the first time since 1999-00 that there has been a deadlock for first place. Freed-Hardeman, which has won eight straight, received six first place votes.
Oklahoma City got five first place votes after defeating former No. 1 Lubbock Christian, which fell to fourth. Vanguard (No. 3) and Westminster (No. 5) round out the top five.
Lee (No. 7) and Faulkner (No. 18) join AUM from the SSAC in this week’s poll. Southern Poly and Coastal Georgia are among the schools receiving votes.
The Warhawks play at Faulkner at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday in a battle for first place in the SSAC West Division. AUM then heads to Belhaven for a 2 p.m. matchup on Saturday.
Source: AUM Sports Information Director