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.