Montana Western, Carroll College ranked top 10 in final regular season poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Montana Western women finished the regular season ranked fourth in the nation, according to coaches across the country. The final regular season NAIA women’s basketball coaches poll was released on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs, 25-4 overall, earned the Frontier Conference regular season title before finishing runner-up in the league tournament to Carroll College on Monday evening. The Fighting Saints (25-7) climbed one spot from seventh to No. 6 in the poll.

Rocky Mountain College (20-12) and Lewis-Clark State (20-11) were ranked No. 20 and No. 23, respectively. The University of Providence was receiving votes.

All five teams were selected to compete in the NAIA women’s basketball national tournament, which tips off next Wednesday, March 13, at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark in Billings. Western earned a No. 1 seed, while Carroll was tabbed a two-seed in the six-day tournament.

Host Rocky enters as a No. 5 seed, Lewis-Clark State a No. 6 seed and the University of Providence was one of the final teams selected, a No. 8 seed, drawing No. 2 overall Campbellsville (Kentucky) in the first round.

To view the bracket for the NAIA women’s basketball national tournament, please click here.

The final regular season poll can be found below.

2018-19 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS
1 1 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) [7] 31-2 218
2 2 Campbellsville (Ky.) [2] 31-2 213
3 3 Columbia (Mo.) 29-4 203
4 4 Montana Western 25-4 200
5 5 The Master’s (Calif.) 26-6 191
6 7 Carroll (Mont.) 25-7 184
7 8 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 28-5 176
8 10 Westmont (Calif.) 24-7 168
9 11 William Penn (Iowa) 30-2 159
10 6 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 24-5 155
10 9 Oklahoma City 29-4 155
12 14 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 25-6 143
13 12 Vanguard (Calif.) 22-9 135
14 16 Shawnee State (Ohio) 24-9 124
15 15 Bethel (Tenn.) 28-5 122
16 13 Talladega (Ala.) 27-5 118
17 18 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 22-10 106
18 19 Lyon (Ark.) 24-7 94
19 17 Menlo (Calif.) 20-9 88
20 20 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 20-12 85
21 21 Arizona Christian 21-22 83
22 24 Loyola (La.) 26-6 73
23 22 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 20-11 68
24 23 Xavier (La.) 23-7 51
25 25 Pikeville (Ky.) 20-11 49

 

Receiving Votes: William Jessup (Calif.) 40, LSU Alexandria (La.) 35, Science & Arts (Okla.) 31, Providence (Mont.) 30, Clarke (Iowa) 7, Georgetown (Ky.) 5

Richie Melby

Richie Melby

A Hi-line native, Richie Melby enjoys telling the stories of Montana athletes, coaches and teams. Richie got his start in TV at KTVQ in Billings and worked as the Sports Director at KRTV. After a couple of years in Tucson, Ariz., Richie returned to his home state as the Sports Director at KTVH.
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