Women's Hoops Blog

Inane commentary on a game that deserves far better

Friday, February 26, 2010

Snow day in New York City -- so a quick look at the polls ('cause I'm peeved that I blew a trivia question asking who the #1 D-II team was.... Grrr).

NAIA Division II - GASP! Indiana Wesleyan has lost... FIVE games?
1. Hastings
2. Davenport
3. Northwestern
4. Black Hills
5. Cedarville

NAIA Division I
- GASP! Union has actually LOST a game!
1. Union
2. Saint-Xavier (IL)
3. Vanguard
4. Oklahoma Baptist
5. Campbellsville (KY)

NJCAA Division II:
1. Kirkwood
You may remember that head coach Kim Muhl recently earned his 600th win (against 112 loses). Wichked cool? He was honored with an endowed scholarship! And take a look at their alumni.
2. Owens
3. Johnson County
4. Illinois Central
5. Kankakee

NJCAA Division I: A mix of familiar and unfamiliar at the top. Best name: #8 State Fair Community College. Team to watch to see how they'll react to the loss of their coach: #11 Trinity Valley.
1. Jefferson College
2. Gulf Coast
3. Copiah-Lincoln
4. Midland College
5. Salt Lake

NCAA Division III: The Usual Suspects rule
1. Amherst
2. Kean
3. Illinois Wesleyan
4. Hope College
5. George Fox - nice to see them continue their success after their breakthrough.

NCAA Division II
: Gannon? Gannon! Who the heck is GANNON?
1. Gannon University (PA)
Cleve Wright is in his eighth season at Gannon and the Gannon women’s basketball program has been on the rise since his arrival. The Lady Knights were 12-14 during Wright’s first season in 2002-03, but rebounded with an 18-11 record in 2003-04 and a 19-11 mark the following season. The rise to the top was completed in 2006-07 with a 25-6 record, the program’s first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) title, and a trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

The on-court excellence hit an apex last season. The Lady Knights finished 26-5 overall and 12-2 in the PSAC Western Division, tying the school record for victories and advancing to the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history. In addition, the squad won four games against nationally-ranked opponents and was ranked 20th in the final USA Today ESPN Division II Top 25.
2. Franklin Pierce
3. University of Indianapolis
4. Fort Lewis College
5. Michigan Technological University

NCAA Division I: Yadda, yadda, yadda followed by "who the heck knows" and "they're SO over ranked!"

Of note:
Jen Rizzotti's Hartford Hawks made it into the AP Top 25 for the first time in program history.