Dixie State's women's basketball ranks No. 25

ST. GEORGE – For the first time in the programs NCAA DII history, the Dixie State College Women’s Basketball team cracked the Top 25 rankings. The seventh week version ranked Dixie State at number 25 with 91 votes.

The Red Storm (10-1 Overall, 0-0 PacWest) has been hovering just on the outside for the last several weeks and moved up one spot from 26th.
The Dixie State season has featured a 76-66 win over then #5 Seattle Pacific (now 17th) and a loss on the road to #12 Alaska Anchorage. To begin the season, DSC featured two exhibition wins over DI Southern Utah and Utah Valley. They then opened the regular season with a 71-67 win over DI Utah State in Logan. DSC rattled off seven consecutive wins before the loss at Alaska Anchorage and are currently on a two game win streak.
Coach Angela Kristensen commented on her ranking, ““Breaking into the top 25 is a great tribute to the effort and focus our players put into the first part of the season. Without having the tradition of being a perennial national power it has been a longer process, but has been worth the wait. We don’t put a lot of emphasis on rankings, but it is nice to be recognized for our success on the national level.”
Dixie State opens PacWest Conference play this weekend with arguably their most important game of the season by hosting #16 Grand Canyon University (12-1, 0-0 PacWest) on Saturday night at 5:30 PM in the Burns Arena. Log on to www.dixieathletics.com <http://www.dixieathletics.com
>  for more information.


Week 7 Poll: January 4, 2011
USA TODAY ESPN Division II Top 25 women's basketball poll, with first-place votes to the right, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th.

  Rank   Institution- First Place Votes   Previous Rank   Record   Total Points   
  1   Delta State University (Miss.) -22   1   12-0   715   
  2   Lander University (S.C.) -5   2   13-0   674   
  3   Fort Lewis College (Colo.) -2   3   12-0   656   
  4   Arkansas Tech University   5   11-1   602   
  5   Clayton State University (Ga.)   6   13-0   583   
  6   Emporia State University (Kan.)   8   9-1   536   
  7   Northeastern State University (Okla.)   7   9-1   525   
  8   Washburn University (Kan.)   4   9-1   504   
  9   Wayne State College (Neb.)   10   10-1   445   
  10   Michigan Technological University   12   9-1   421   
  11   Grand Valley State University (Mich.)   9   10-1   354   
  12   University of Alaska – Anchorage   11   11-3   340   
  13   Western Washington University   18   10-1   268   
  14   Rollins College (Fla.)   14   12-1   251   
  15   Holy Family University (Pa.)   15   6-2   249   
  16   Grand Canyon University (Ariz.)   19   12-1   243   
  17   Seattle Pacific University (Wash.)   23   9-2   221   
  18   Millersville University of Pennsylvania   17   7-2   212   
  19   Bentley University (Mass.)   24   10-1   200   
  20   California State University – Chico   20   9-1   193   
  21   Augustana College (S.D.)   16   12-2   157   
  T22   Gannon University (Pa.)   21   6-2   133   
  T22   University of South Carolina – Aiken   25   12-2   133   
  24   Franklin Pierce University (N.H.)   13   9-4   116   
  25   Dixie State College of Utah   NR   10-1   91  

Dropped Out:  West Texas A&M University.

Others receiving votes: Pace University (N.Y.) 72; Metropolitan State College of Denver (Colo.) 65; West Liberty University (W.Va.) 43; West Texas A&M University 36; California University of Pennsylvania 34; University of Indianapolis (Ind.) 34; Johnson C Smith University (N.C.) 23; Quincy University (Ill.) 22; Tarleton State University (Texas) 22; Bowie State University (Md.) 21; Mesa State College (Colo.) 20; Augusta State University (Ga.) 19; University of Tampa (Fla.) 17; North Georgia College & State University 14; University of California – San Diego 14; Shaw University (N.C.) 13; University of Wisconsin – Parkside 13; Southeastern Oklahoma State University 12; University of West Alabama 12; American International College (Mass.) 11; Henderson State University (Ark.) 9; Fort Valley State University (Ga.) 8; Georgia College & State University 8; Drury University (Mo.) 7; Northern Kentucky University 6; Tusculum College (Tenn.) 5; Virginia State University 5; Winona State University (Minn.) 5; Barton College (N.C.) 3; Concordia University (Minn.) 3; Seton Hill University (Pa.) 3; Francis Marion University (S.C.) 2; Minnesota State University – Moorhead 2; California State University – Monterey Bay 1; Florida Southern College 1; Glenville State College (W.Va.) 1; Northwest Missouri State University 1.

The USA TODAY ESPN board of coaches is made up of 30 head coaches at Division II institutions. All are members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) <http://www.wbca.org/> . The 2010-11 board: Carmen Dolfo – Non-voting Chair (Western Washington University), Gloria Bradley (Wayne State University), Mike Brandt (University of South Carolina – Aiken), Lester Butler (University of the District of Columbia), Dennis Cox (Clayton State University), Charity Elliott (University of California – San Diego), Corey Fox (Limestone College), Scott Hyland (Texas A&M University – Kingsville), Chris Kielsmeier (Wayne State College), Angie Kristensen (Dixie State College of Utah), Kelly Kruger (Adams State College), Ferne Labati (Seton Hill University), Shawna Lavender (Abilene Christian University), Jason Martens (Saint Mary’s University, Texas), Patrick Mashuda (Chowan University), Stephen McDonald (Fairmont State University), Ron McHenry (Washburn University), Mark Miller (Holy Family University), Barbara Nelson (Wingate University), Tim O’Hagan (Molloy College), Sandra Rushing (Delta State University), Rick Stein (University of Southern Indiana), Mark Swasey (California University of Pennsylvania), Latricia Trammell (Western State College of Colorado), Julie Van Beek (Seattle Pacific University), Phillip Wallace (Miles College), Dave Wilbers (Arkansas Tech University), Glenn Wilkes (Rollins College), Helen Williams (Merrimack College), and Nancy Winstel (Northern Kentucky University).

*Please note that all voters for the DII poll are required to vote each week between 8 a.m. Monday and 1 p.m. Tuesday ET.
Previous Weekly Polls <http://www.wbca.org/news/top-25-polls/usa-today-espn-division-ii-top-25-coaches-poll/>

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