Women's Basketball

 
November 27, 2012

Simpson breaks into national rankings

INDIANOLA, Iowa – The Simpson women's basketball team is ranked No. 20 in the first D3hoops.com Top 25 poll and No. 25 in the USA TODAY Sports Top 25 Coaches' Poll, which were released early this week.

Simpson was previously unranked in each poll.

Simpson received 107 points in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll, which is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, sports information directors and media members across the country.

Simpson received 11 points in the USA TODAY Sports Top 25 Coaches' Poll, which is voted on by nine head coaches at Division III institutions who are members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).

The Storm are off to a perfect 5-0 start to the season, beating opponents by an average of 25.2 points per game. Simpson went 3-0 last week with a home win over AIB and wins over Gustavus Adolphus and Northland at the Buena Vista Classic.

Senior forward Kate Nielsen (Urbandale, Iowa/Johnston) leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 21.2 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game. She has already earned Iowa Conference Player of the Week honors twice during the young season.

The Storm put their unblemished record on the line Wednesday, Nov. 28 when they travel to Mount Pleasant to face Iowa Wesleyan at 7 p.m.

D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll
No. School (1st votes) Rec Pts Prev
1 Depauw (23) 5-0 621 4
2 Mount Union 4-0 569 6
3 UW-Stevens Point (2) 3-1 514 7
4 Calvin 4-1 510 1
5 St. Thomas 2-1 500 3
6 Lewis and Clark 5-0 438 11
7 Leganon Valley 4-0 428 10
8 Washington U. 3-1 423 9
9 Hope 3-0 416 12
10 Messiah 3-0 353 13
11 Amherst 3-0 347 15
12 Tufts 4-0 308 17
13 Thomas More 4-1 302 14
14 UW-Whitewater 3-1 287 8
15 York (Pa.) 4-0 265 18
16 Emmanuel 3-0 229 19
17 Illinois Wesleyan 2-2 223 5
18 Williams 4-0 221 23
19 Emory 4-0 119 22
20 Simpson 5-0 107 --
21 George Fox 1-2 99 2
22 Mary Washington 4-1 84 16
23 Babson 4-0 82 --
24 Ohio Northern 4-1 80 --
25 St. Norbert 3-0 78 --

 

USA TODAY Sports Top 25 Coaches' Poll     
No. School (1st votes) Prev Rec Pts
1 Depauw 3 5-0 200
2 Mount Union 4 4-0 188
3 Calvin 5 4-1 180
4 UW-Stevens Point 1 3-1 176
5 St. Thomas 8 2-1 167
6 Washington U. 6 3-1 165
7 Leabanon Valley 9 4-0 174
8 Lewis and Clark 10 5-0 139
9 Amherst 11 3-0 129
10 Messiah 14 3-0 117
11 Hope 12 3-0 114
12 UW-Whitewater 15 3-1 101
13 Tufts 16 4-0 99
14 Illinois Wesleyan 7 2-2 95
15 York (Pa.) 17 4-0 89
16 Emory 19 4-0 69
17 Emmanuel 20 3-0 64
18 Thomas More 18 4-1 62
19 Mary Washington 13 4-1 54
20 George Fox 2 1-2 51
21 Babson 22 4-0 50
22 Williams 25 4-0 30
23 Carthage 23 3-1 28
24 Juaniata 24 3-0 25
25 Simpson NR 5-0 11