Women's basketball moves up to eighth in final D3hoops.com poll, sixth in coaches poll (updated)

Women's basketball moves up to eighth in final D3hoops.com poll, sixth in coaches poll (updated)

The Oglethorpe women's basketball team finished the season at a high-water mark of No. 8 in the D3hoops.com Top 25, released this week by the website. The poll is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, sports information directors and media members from across the country. They also moved up to a high of No. 6 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) coaches poll, as voted by a panel of eight coaches from around the country.

After heading into the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship ranked a season-high 11th, the Stormy Petrels knocked off William Peace 88-74 in the first round and bested Randolph-Macon 71-63 in the second round to advance to the sectionals for just the third time in program history. The Petrels saw their tournament run cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, but finished with the best record in program history, boasting a 29-1 overall record and a 27-game winning streak.

Hope remained in the top spot, garnering 21 first-place votes, while Tufts stayed at No. 2 with three and Bowdoin stayed at No. 3 with one. Amherst moved up from seventh to fourth in the final poll and Baldwin Wallace jumped from ninth to fifth. Whitman, Loras, the Petrels, Mary Hardin-Baylor and Wartburg rounded out the top 10. 

In the coaches poll, Hope garnered the top spot with all eight first-place votes, while Bowdoin stayed at No. 2 and Tufts No. 3. Amherst moved up from seventh to fourth, while Whitman shot up from 11th to fifth. The Petrels, Baldwin Wallace, Loras, DePauw and Mary Hardin-Baylor rounded out the top 10.

 

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