Fort Hays State women's basketball has cracked the Top 25 of the national rankings for the first time since the 1996-97 season. The Lady Tigers are No. 23 in this week's WBCA NCAA Division II Poll, which is their highest ever national ranking in the program's NCAA Division II history. FHSU has started the season 6-0 and enter MIAA play next week against Central Missouri (Dec. 5), which is the fourth-highest receiving votes team in the poll.
The only time FHSU women's basketball graced the NCAA Division II national rankings prior to this week was for two weeks in 1996-97. The Tigers entered the national rankings for the first time ever on February 10, 1997 at No. 25, then remained in the poll in the same spot the following week before falling out on February 24. FHSU is 4-1 all-time while in the Top 25.
Fort Hays State moving into the rankings gives the MIAA four ranked schools, which are all of the Kansas MIAA schools. Pittsburg State holds its No. 3 ranking this week after starting the season 4-0, Washburn moved up one spot to No. 12, also at 4-0 overall, and Emporia State remained at No. 20 at 3-1 overall.
Below are the WBCA Division II Women's Basketball Rankings for November 27, 2012.
WBCA Division II Rankings - November 27, 2012
RankInstitution - First Place VotesPrevious RankRecordTotal Points1Ashland University (Ohio) -3016-07742Bentley University (Mass.)23-07383Pittsburg State University (Kan.)34-06974University of South Carolina - Aiken54-06365Clayton State University (Ga.)72-05816University of Indianapolis (Ind.)84-05487Shaw University (N.C.) -161-05378Western Washington University94-05029Wayne State College (Neb.)103-046610Augustana College (S.D.)124-044711Gannon University (Pa.)114-144112Washburn University (Kan.)134-042713Rollins College (Fla.)45-137414Holy Family University (Pa.)144-131415Edinboro University (Pa.)152-129016Simon Fraser University (BC)176-128517Nova Southeastern University (Fla.)195-023518Grand Canyon University (Ariz.)185-219519Indiana University of Pennsylvania223-018120Emporia State University (Kan.)203-115721University of Wisconsin - Parkside163-111522Wingate University (N.C.)234-110723Fort Hays State University (Kan.)NR6-010524Assumption College (Mass.)NR5-09025Bloomsburg University of PennsylvaniaNR3-080