Posted: Dec 12, 2012 12:10 PM by KOMU 8 Sports
Updated: Dec 13, 2012 3:24 PM
KANSAS CITY -- Central Methodist University is ranked No. 25 in the second edition of the 2012-13 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced.
Central Methodist is off to an 11-1 start after knocking off then-No. 9 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), 66-55, on Dec. 8. The Pioneers fall to No. 11 in this week's poll.
The Green and Black are led by reigning Heart of America Athletic Conference Player of the Week Raylyn Nuss, who ranks fifth in NAIA Division I in total 3-point field goals made (36).
Like the Eagles, No. 22 Benedictine (Kan.) is also a newcomer to this week's national poll.
The Mid-South Conference leads all conferences with five teams in the Top 25 (No. 7 Cumberland (Tenn.), No. 10 Campbellsville (Ky.), Shawnee State, No. 16 Cumberlands (Ky.) and Georgetown), while the Golden State Athletic Conference and Heart of America Athletic Conference is second with three teams. Eleven conference/unaffiliated groups are represented in the preseason poll.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and unaffiliated group. The third regular-season Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on January 8.
Central Methodist battles Marian (Ind.) on Saturday in a neutral site game at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. CT.