Oregon Tech Receives Votes in NAIA Poll
Oregon Tech post Jazzy McDaniel records two points in win over Northwest Christian U. on Saturday. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Oregon Tech women’s basketball team, off to the best start in program history, received votes in the NAIA Top-25 second rating of the regular season, announced Monday by the national office.
Following a 9-1 start and a sweep to open Cascade Conference play that included a 73-70 victory over No. 12 Corban University, it is the first time back in the poll since Tech was rated in December, 2005.
Eastern Oregon (9-1, 2-0 Cascade Collegiate Conference) jumped from No. 17 to No. 10 to lead the CCC in the ranking, while Warner Pacific went from receiving votes to No. 24 following its weekend split. Previously-ranked No. 12 Corban University received votes in the new poll.
Indiana Wesleyan is a unanimous No. 1 for a second-straight week. The Wildcats gained all 13 first-place votes and 343 points in the poll. Indiana Wesleyan is off to a 9-0 start, including a 3-0 Mid-Central College Conference (MCCC) mark. Briar Cliff (Iowa) remains at No. 2 with 332 points thanks to a 9-1 record. Concordia (Mich.) moves up one spot to No. 3 with 320 points. No. 4 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) moves back one spot with 309 points, while Morningside (Iowa) and Davenport (Mich.) tied for fifth with 292 points each.
Oregon Tech will host a pair of non-conference games beginning with Pacific Union College this Friday beginning at 3 PM, and versus Willamette University on Saturday beginning at 5:30 PM. The Owls will resume CCC action at College of Idaho on Friday, December 16th and at No. 10 Eastern Oregon the following day in La Grande.
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