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Women's Basketball - Tue. Jan. 08, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. ---- Off to its best start since the 2006-07 season at 13-3, the Auburn Montgomery women's basketball team moved up two spots to No. 18 in the third regular-season edition of the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday afternoon.

The Warhawks earned 114 total points in the poll and trail 15-1 Central Methodist (Mo.) by 21 points for the No. 17 spot.

AUM is one of three teams ranked from the Southern States Athletic Conference, as it joins No. 5 Lee and No. 22 Faulkner in the poll. The Warhawks handed the Lady Flames (13-1) their only loss of the season on Nov. 16 and will host the Lady Eagles (14-3) this Saturday at 2 p.m. Conference member Southern Poly is among the others receiving votes.

Earning the top spot in the poll was Lubbock Christian, which earned 281 total points and 10-of-11 first-place votes. Vanguard (Calif.) earned the remaining first-place vote and checked in at No. 2 with 272 points. Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) slipped to third in the standings, while Westminster (Utah) moved up a spot to No. 4.

Central Methodist made the largest jump in the poll, moving from No. 25 to No. 17. Westmont (Calif.) and LSU-Shreveport each fell eight spots.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and unaffiliated group. The fourth regular-season Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on Jan. 15.

COMPLETE POLL

RANK

LAST TIME

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2012-13 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Lubbock Christian (Texas) (10)

16-0

281

2

3

Vanguard (Calif.) (1)

9-0

272

3

2

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

14-1

263

4

5

Westminster (Utah)

14-2

254

5

6

Lee (Tenn.)

13-1

241

6

8

Oklahoma City

10-2

239

7

7

Cumberland (Tenn.)

14-1

225

8

13

The Master's (Calif.)

13-0

221

9

9

Xavier (La.)

11-2

205

10

10

Campbellsville (Ky.)

12-3

196

11

11

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

14-2

194

12

4

Westmont (Calif.)

9-3

182

13

15

Shawnee State (Ohio)

14-3

173

14

12

Bethel (Tenn.)

13-3

171

15

14

Rogers State (Okla.)

12-4

149

16

18

William Woods (Mo.)

11-1

144

17

25

Central Methodist (Mo.)

15-1

135

18

20

Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)

13-3

114

19

21

Lyon (Ark.)

11-2

108

20

RV

Wiley (Texas)

13-1

103

21

22

Benedictine (Kan.)

13-3

93

22

24

Faulkner (Ala.)

14-3

89

23

21

Georgetown (Ky.)

9-6

85

24

19

Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)

13-1

83

25

17

LSU Shreveport (La.)

10-2

81


Others receiving votes: Carroll (Mont.) 46; St. Catharine (Ky.) 41; Cumberlands (Ky.) 33; Biola (Calif.) 30; Columbia (Mo.) 18; Robert Morris (Ill.) 16; Coastal Georgia 13; Southern Poly (Ga.) 3.