Women's Basketball

 

Storm continue move up national rankings

INDIANOLA, Iowa - The Sipmson women's basketball team moved up to No. 13 in the USA TODAY Sports Top 25 Coaches' poll and No. 14 in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll, which were released earlier this week.

The Storm improved two spots in the USA TODAY Sports poll and one in the D3hoops.com poll after being ranked 15th in both a week ago.

Simpson received 101 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).

Simpson received 296 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.

The Storm are 9-0 on the season after beating UW-River Falls last Saturday, a team which beat Simpson twice last season. Simpson came away with the 67-62 win despite playing without the services of the team's leading scorer and rebounder, Kate Nielsen.

Head coach Brian Niemuth and his squad will face their biggest test of the season at the Land of Magic Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla. on Dec. 28. There, Simpson opens against the No. 7 Amherst Lord Jeffs of Amherst, Mass. One of the most dominant programs in the history of Division III women's basketball, Amherst is 8-0 this season and has made four straight trips to the Final Four, winning a national championship in 2011.

Tipoff against the Lord Jeffs is set for 1 p.m. CST/2 p.m. EST. Simpson closes the trip against 8-1 Kenyon at 11 a.m./Noon on Dec. 29.

Tournament host Embry-Riddle will provide live video and live stats throughout the tournament. Links can be accessed at the tournament page at erauathletics.com.

D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll, Week 4

Rank School (1st votes) Rec Pts Prev
1 DePauw (24) 7-0 623 1
2 Mount Union 8-0 583 2
3 Calvin (1) 7-1 522 3
4 St. Thomas 7-1 513 4
5 Washington U. 8-1 511 5
6 Lewis and Clark 10-0 500 6
7 Hope 8-0 489 7
8 Messiah 8-0 448 8
9 Amherst 8-0 406 9
10 Tufts 9-0 390 10
11 Thomas More 9-1 372 11
12 York (Pa.) 8-0 346 14
13 Leaganon Valley 7-1 297 13
14 Simpson 9-0 296 15
15 Ohio Northern 9-1 217 17
16 Southern Maine 9-0 194 19
17 Emmanuel 8-1 175 20
18 UW-Whitewater 8-3 148 16
19 UW-Stevens Point 6-3 147 12
20 Babson 8-0 142 21
21 George Fox 5-2 129 22
22 Montclair State 10-0 122 23
23 Monmouth 9-0 103 24
24 Louisiana College 8-0 84 25
25 Moravian 9-0 70 --

 

USA TODAY Sports Top 25 Coaches' Poll, Week 5

Rank School (1st votes) Prev Rec Pts
1 Depauw (8) 1 7-0 200
2 Mount Union 2 8-0 191
3 Calvin 3 7-1 183
4 St. Thomas 4 7-1 174
5 Washington U. 5 8-1 169
6 Lewis and Clark 6 10-0 156
7 Amherst 7 8-0 154
8 Messiah 8 9-0 146
9 Hope 9 8-0 139
10 Tufts 10 9-0 124
11 York (Pa.) 11 8-0 119
12 Labanon Valley 13 8-1 107
13 Simpson 15 9-0 101
14 Thomas More 14 9-1 100
15 Babson 16 8-0 87
16 Emmanuel 18 8-1 68
17 UW-Whitewater 17 8-3 59
18 Emory 19 8-1 54
19 Ohio Northern 22 9-1 53
20 UW-Stevens Point 12 6-3 48
21 Catholic t20 7-0 43
22 George Fox 23 5-2 29
23 Monmouth 24 9-0 28
24 Montclair State 25 10-0 25
25 Moravian NR 9-0 15