Women’s basketball second in latest poll

By FHSU SPORTS INFORMTION

The Fort Hays State women’s basketball team moved up in both national polls once again Tuesday (Jan. 11), climbing to No. 2 in the latest WBCA DII Coaches Poll and to No. 5 in the D2SIDA Media Poll.

The Tigers totaled 513 points in the voting process in the coaches poll, up 18 points from last week. FHSU has now occupied each spot in the top five of the coaches poll at some point this season.

This is just the second time the Tigers have been ranked second in the coaches poll during the DII era. Fort Hays State last reached the No. 2 spot in the poll late in the 2014-15 season (2/10/15), the highest ranking the Tigers achieved that season. FHSU has played only one game as the second-ranked team, a 65-59 road loss at Pittsburg State. Fort Hays State is 124-32 all-time when ranked in the DII coaches poll.

Fort Hays State picked up an additional 74 points in the D2SIDA Media Poll, up to 315 to move back into the top five. The Tigers jumped six spots this week, the third-largest leap in the poll this week. FHSU also received one of the 16 first-place votes this week.

Nebraska-Kearney fell after a loss to Central Missouri, with the Lopers now ranked 16th in the coaches poll and 15th in the media poll. The Tigers and Lopers are currently tied for first in the MIAA standings with a conference record of 7-1. Missouri Western, FHSU’s opponent on Saturday, moved up two spots to 22nd in the coaches poll.

Drury tops both national polls for the second week in a row after picking up all but one first-place vote in the coaches poll and all but two in the media ranks.

The Tigers will look for their first win all-time as the second-ranked team in the country Wednesday (Jan. 12) when FHSU hosts Northwest Missouri State beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Bearcats (11-2, 6-1 MIAA) enter the week just one-half game behind the Tigers and Lopers in the league standings.

WBCA DII Coaches Poll – January 11, 2022
Rk. School (1st) Rcd. Pts. Last
1. Drury (22) 16-1 574 1
2. Fort Hays State 13-1 513 3
3. Glenville State (1) 12-0 503 5
4. Lubbock Christian 13-2 472 6
5. Western Washington 10-0 451 7
6. Texas A&M-Commerce 11-1 434 2
7. Ashland 12-1 433 8
8. Azusa Pacific 9-1 391 10
9. Alaska Anchorage 9-1 371 11
10. Lander 10-2 359 3
11. North Georgia 10-1 353 13
12. Indiana, Pa. 10-1 329 12
13. Colorado Mines 12-1 259 14
14. Grand Valley State 11-1 257 16
15. Gannon 10-1 255 15
16. Nebraska-Kearney 12-2 243 9
17. Southwestern Oklahoma St. 14-2 219 17
18. Union, Tenn. 11-2 180 19
19. Valdosta State 11-2 149 22
20. Tampa 15-3 119 21
21. Catawba 12-1 111 17
22. Missouri Western 12-1 107 24
23. Barton 10-1 94 23
24. Eckerd 9-1 65 20
25. University of the Sciences 9-1 52 25
D2SIDA Media Poll – January 11, 2022
Rk. Team (1st) Rcd. Pts. Last
1 Drury (14) 16-1 395 1
T2 Lubbock Christian 13-2 358 7
T2 Western Washington 10-0 358 5
4 Ashland 12-1 329 6
5 Fort Hays State (1) 13-1 315 11
6 Texas A&M-Commerce 11-1 304 2
7 Glenville State (1) 12-0 298 8
8 North Georgia 10-1 287 20
9 Alaska-Anchorage 9-1 278 9
10 Lander 10-2 244 3
11 Union (Tenn.) 11-2 216 15
12 University of the Sciences 9-1 209 14
13 Colorado School of Mines 12-1 203 13
14 Southwestern Oklahoma St. 14-2 184 22
15 Nebraska-Kearney 12-2 159 4
16 Grand Valley State 11-1 154 16
17 Gannon 10-1 152 T17
18 Tampa 15-3 148 19
19 Azusa Pacific 9-1 116 21
20 Wingate 12-1 89 24
21 Cal State-East Bay 10-1 78 T17
22 Colorado Mesa 10-1 77 23
23 Valdosta State 11-2 47 RV
24 Shepherd 10-1 38 25
25 St. Cloud State 11-2 35 RV

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