13-2 EOU WOMEN CAN'T CRACK TOP 25

January 20, 2004 11:00 pm

It looks like the Eastern Oregon basketball women are going to have to keep winning to get more national attention.

The Eastern women picked up 21 points in the latest NAIA Division II national Associated Press poll, but it wasn't enough for them to bust into the top 25.

The Eastern women (13-2 overall, 7-1 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play) got the 29th-most points in the poll.

Eastern is in first place in the CCC, a game up on 7-2 Northwest. The Eastern women are first in the conference in scoring, first in defense and first in scoring differential. None of the other teams in the CCC are in the top 25, though Oregon Tech, whom Eastern defeated last weekend, did receive four points.

Fourteen teams in the top 25 have more losses than Eastern. Six teams have five or more losses, compared to Eastern's two.

Eastern plays at Northwest Friday and Evergreen State Saturday. Eastern lost its only conference game of the year early this season to Northwest.

In the men's poll, Albertson, the first-place team in the CCC, is ranked No. 5, while Southern Oregon is ranked No. 21.

The Eastern men, ranked No. 19 for a week earlier this month, lost to Southern in overtime this weekend, and was within one point of Albertson with nine minutes left, but lost by 10.

NAIA Women's Basketball Division II Top 25

By The Associated Press

Jan. 20, 2004

Record Pts Pvs

1.Mary(N.D.)(8) 18-1 406 3

2.ShawneeState(Ohio)(5) 16-1 400 4

3.DakotaWesleyan(S.D.)(3) 18-3 396 1

4.Morningside(Iowa)(1) 18-2 371 2

5.HolyNames(Calif.) 19-2 331 5

6.Cedarville(Ohio) 19-2 330 6

7.Hastings(Neb.) 17-2 328 7

8.CardinalStritch(Wis.) 19-1 295 8

9.Evangel(Mo.) 14-4 289 9

10. Southwestern(Kan.) 16-2 259 10

11. Concordia(Neb.) 16-4 242 11

12. IndianaWesleyan 19-3 229 12

13. Cornerstone(Mich.) 17-4 210 13

14. TennesseeWesleyan 15-1 206 14

15. Sterling(Kan.) 13-3 173 15

16. Newman(Kan.) 15-4 145 19

17. DickinsonState(N.D.) 14-4 140 16

18. SouthDakotaTech 13-6 110 20

19. Bryan(Tenn.) 16-2 109 22

20. Doane(Neb.) 13-6 86 25

21. Bethel(Ind.) 15-5 79 17

22. Goshen(Ind.) 16-5 56 -

23. SiouxFalls(S.D.) 12-7 53 18

24. Ottawa(Kan.) 14-4 51 23

25. Taylor(Ind.) 16-6 49 21

Others Receiving Votes: Walsh (Ohio), 30; Berea (Ky.), 28; Benedictine (Kan.), 22; Eastern Oregon, 21; Spring Arbor (Mich.), 20; Northwestern (Iowa), 19; Dominican (Calif.) , 13; Ozarks (Mo.), 8; Virginia Intermont, 6; Oregon Tech, 4; Marian (Ind.), 3; St. Ambrose (Iowa), 3; Daemen (N.Y.), 2; Black Hills State (S.D.), 1; Urbana (Ohio), 1; Webber International (Fla.), 1.