Tigers Will Remain Ranked No. 1 Through the Holidays

FHSU Sports Information Department

Fort Hays State Women’s Basketball will remain the No. 1 ranked team in the nation through the holidays as the WBCA will not release another national poll until January 5, 2016. Fort Hays State will play at least two more games as the No. 1 ranked team in the country when it hosts Pittsburg State (Jan. 2) and Missouri Southern (Jan. 4) in Hays after the turn of the year.

The WBCA Poll traditionally takes a three-week break from its usual week-by-week release from mid-December to the first Tuesday in January. Though Fort Hays State lost at Southwest Baptist on December 19, they will get to keep their top ranking through the holiday break and the first week back on the court in January.

The No. 1, No. 3 (Emporia State), and No. 4 (Drury) teams in the nation all lost last week, so it will be interesting to see how games play out in the return from the holidays to shape the January 5 rankings.

Fort Hays State is enjoying its first-ever No. 1 ranking in the WBCA Division II Poll. The Tigers took over the top spot in the country on December 8. Below is the poll from December 15, 2015.

Rank Institution – First Place Votes Previous Rank Record Total Points
1 Fort Hays State University (Kan.) – 16 1 9-1 587
2 West Texas A&M University – 5 2 8-0 565
3 Emporia State University (Kan.) – 2 3 8-1 539
4 Drury University (Mo.) 4 8-0 525
5 University of Alaska – Anchorage 6 13-1 463
6 California Baptist University 5 9-1 452
7 Lewis University (Ill.) 7 9-1 423
8 Limestone College (S.C.) 8 8-0 399
9 Winona State University (Minn.) 11 12-0 393
10 Nova Southeastern University (Fla.) 10 8-1 392
11 Ashland University (Ohio) 12 8-0 329
12 Lubbock Christian University (Texas) 14 7-0 305
13 California University of Pennsylvania (Pa.) 13 8-1 287
14 Union University (Tenn.) 9 9-1 276
15 Columbus State University (Ga.) 15 5-1 243
16 Missouri Western State 17 9-0 240
17 Anderson University (S.C.) 16 6-0 209
18 Arkansas Tech University 19 6-1 170
19 West Liberty University (W.Va.) 18 8-1 152
20 Virginia Union University – 1 21 6-0 117
21 Queens College (N.Y.) 20 5-1 102
22 Delta State University (Miss.) NR 7-0 101
23 Quincy University (Ill.) 23 8-1 88
24 Benedict College (S.C.) 24 7-1 74
25 Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) 25 8-2 52

Others receiving votes: University Of Sioux Falls (S.D.) 50; Francis Marion University (S.C.) 28; University of California – San Diego 28; Minnesota State University – Moorhead 23; Pittsburg State University (Kan.) 17; Michigan Technological University 15; American International College (Mass.) 14; Colorado State University – Pueblo 13; Shaw University (N.C.) 11; Colorado Mesa University 10; Bentley University (Mass.) 9; Carson-Newman University (Tenn.) 8; Florida Southern College 8; Lander University (S.C.) 8; Kentucky State University 3; Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 2.

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