FGCU Women Ranked 24th in National Poll
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball team, which has won a record 10 consecutive games to open the season, has made their first appearance in the Division II Top-25 after beating Lynn University on Monday. The Eagles are ranked 24th in the latest weekly USA TODAY ESPN Division II Top 25 women's basketball poll. The week two poll, which was released late Tuesday evening, has Washburn University (7-0) edging Drury University (8-0) for the top spot. The University of North Dakota (11-0), University of Charleston, West Virginia (6-0) and Emporia State University (10-0) round out the top five. It is the first time that the Eagles have been ranked nationally. FGCU is one of four South Region teams represented. Henderson State is eighth, Valdosta State is 13th and Rollins is 16th. FGCU received 75 points after just missing the top-25 last week. The Eagles (10-0) are also just one of four teams to post 10 victories this season. North Dakota, Emporia State and Minnesota-Duluth are the only other schools nationally to post double digit victories through Monday’s games. The USA Today ESPN Board of Coaches is made up of 27 head coaches at Division II institutions. All are members of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The next weekly poll is scheduled to be released on December 20. The first NCAA Division II regional rankings are scheduled to be released in early January.