Women's basketball moves up to 15th in D3hoops.com poll, stays 11th in coaches'

Women's basketball moves up to 15th in D3hoops.com poll, stays 11th in coaches'

The Oglethorpe women's basketball team moved up a spot to a season high of 15th in the D3hoops.com Top 25 Tuesday and remained at No. 11 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll. It marked the fifth straight week for the Stormy Petrels in the D3hoops.com poll, and their 10th consecutive and 11th overall week in the coaches poll.

The Stormy Petrels clinched their second outright SAA regular season title in the last three years over the weekend, defeating Sewanee 81-51 Friday night to accomplish the feat. It also marked just the second outright conference title in program history. They sit third in the country in winning percentage (.958), 23rd in rebound margin (plus-9.9 per game) and offensive rebounding (17.4 per game), and 24th in rebounding (46.1 per game). They're second in the country in free throw attempts (583), third in free throws made (392) and total rebounds (1,107), and fifth in total points (1,787). 

The top five of the D3hoops.com poll saw a bit of a shake-up. The top two teams remained the same, with Tufts atop the ranking with 21 first-place votes and Hope coming in second with the other four. DePauw moved up a spot to No. 3, though, and Wisconsin-Whitewater jumped two spots to crack into the top five at No. 4. Bowdoin suffered their second loss in as many weeks and moved down two spots to No. 5. Amherst, Whitman, Transylvania, Wartburg and Loras rounded out the D3hoops.com top 10. The coaches poll sported the same top three, with Tufts holding seven first-place votes and Hope garnering the other. Bowdoin slotted in at No. 4 in the coaches poll, with Amherst remaining fifth. Transylvania, Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wartburg, Bethel (Minnesota) and Whitman rounded out the top 10.

The Petrels remained the only SAA team to receive votes in either poll. Emory remained the only team on Oglethorpe's schedule to receive votes, and they did so in both polls.

Oglethorpe will be back in action for their regular season finale on Saturday, when they travel to Mount Berry in northwest Georgia to take on Berry at 5 p.m.