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[WOMEN’S BASKETBALL] CLARKE WOMEN MAKE FIRST NAIA TOP 10 APPEARANCE

(AGENPARL) – DUBUQUE (IOWA), gio 14 gennaio 2021

Women’s Basketball – Wed, Jan. 13, 2021 at 3:10 PM

Clarke University’s women’s basketball program has reached new heights. Coach Courtney Boyd‘s squad made its first-ever Top 10 ranking today when the Pride climbed five sports to No. 8 in this week’s NAIA Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. 

Clarke is 11-1 overall and 7-1 in Heart of America Athletic Conference play.  The Pride have strung together 10 straight wins heading into tonight’s home Heart matchup with Culver-Stockton College.

“The harder you work, the luckier you get”, isn’t that how the saying goes?,” asked Boyd.  “For this group there is no luck about it, they have worked hard for this and are very much deserving of it. This team is different. Every handful of years, as a coach, you have a group that just gets it, and this is that team. We know there is still a lot of work to be done before we can consider ourselves successful, but first we are going to enjoy the rest of the nation recognizing our accomplishments thus far. This is a light-hearted group, we have to keep them smiling. After seeing this ranking, there were pretty big smiles! Having this team receive the highest ranking in school history, is credit to their selflessness on the floor and commitment to always wanting more.”

Clarke’s previous best ranking was in this year’s preseason poll when the Pride came in at No. 13.

Campbellsville (Ky.) is the NAIA’s top-ranked team.

RANK LAST TIME SCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES] RECORD VOTES
1 2 Campbellsville (Ky.) 7-0 577
2 1 Westmont (Calif.) 0-1 575
3 2 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 3-0 563
4 8 Thomas More (Ky.) 12-0 530
5 5 Oklahoma City 0-0 505
6 9 Marian (Ind.) 11-4 465
7 6 Carroll (Mont.) 11-2 464
8 13 Clarke (Iowa) 11-1 441
9 7 Shawnee State (Ohio) 11-2 425
10 10 Vanguard (Calif.) 0-0 409
11 14 Morningside (Iowa) 13-2 403
12 11 Indiana Tech 12-1 392
13 12 St. Francis (Ill.) 11-2 345
14 4 The Master’s (Calif.) 2-1 321
15 18 Sterling (Kan.) 17-0 319
16 16 Southeastern (Fla.) 10-2 314
17 19 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 9-1 282
18 17 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 9-2 277
19 15 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 0-0 257
20 21 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 5-0 222
21 20 Talladega (Ala.) 5-1 213
22 23 Lyon (Ark.) 2-0 182
23 NR Indiana Wesleyan 11-3 156
24 NR Dakota State (S.D.) 12-3 121
25 NR Loyola (La.) 4-0 118

Dropped from the Top 25: Columbia (Mo.), Providence (Mont.), Bethel (Tenn.)

Receiving Votes: Lewis-Clark (Idaho) 99, Columbia (Mo.) 84, Grand View (Iowa) 48, Montana Western 40, Providence (Mont.) 40, Rust (Miss.) 37, Briar Cliff (Iowa) 36, LSU Shreveport (La.) 35, Cumberlands (Ky.) 25, Taylor (Ind.) 21, Bryan (Tenn.) 8, Concordia (Neb.) 4, IU South Bend (Ind.) 4, Mobile (Ala.) 4, Bethany (Kan.) 3, Benedictine (Kan.) 3. 

Fonte/Source: http://www.clarkepride.com/article/3334.php

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