Storm move closer to top-10 ranking

INDIANOLA, Iowa – The Simpson women's basketball squad is on the verge of becoming a top-10 team.

The Storm (11-1) moved up two spots to No. 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports Division III Top 25 Coaches' Poll, which included games played through Jan. 6. Simpson was No. 13 when the last poll was released on Dec. 18 and is 2-1 since that time. The team's lone loss was a 62-60 setback against then-No. 7 Amherst (12-0), which has since ascended to No. 5.

The ranking is Simpson's highest in the poll since also coming in at No. 11 on March 3, 2009.

Head coach Brian Niemuth's team also improved two spots in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll and is now No. 14. The Storm were ranked 14th on Dec. 16, but slipped to 16th after the Amherst loss.

The Storm travel to Decorah, Iowa to face Luther on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

USA TODAY Sports Division III Top 25 Coaches' Poll

No. School (1st votes) Prev Rec Pts
1 DePauw (8) 1 13-0 200
2 Calvin 3 11-1 191
3 St. Thomas 4 10-1 183
4 Washington U. 5 11-1 178
5 Amherst 7 12-0 167
6 Hope 9 13-0 155
7 Messiah 8 12-1 149
8 Tufts 10 13-0 147
9 Lewis and Clark 6 12-1 133
10 Thomas More 14 12-1 121
11 Simpson 13 11-1 116
12 Ohio Northern 19 12-1 110
13 Catholic 21 13-0 89
14 UW-Whitewater 17 11-3 80
15 UW-Stevens Point 20 11-3 75
16 Montclair State 24 14-0 69
17 Emory 18 11-1 66
18 Lebanon Valley 12 11-2 65
19 York (Pa.) 11 11-2 50
20 Mount Union 2 10-3 46
21 Babson 15 10-1 44
22 Southern Maine NR 13-0 39
23 Cornell NR 12-0 35
24 Whitman NR 11-1 23
25 George Fox 22 10-3 20

 

D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll

No. School (1st votes) Rec Pts Prev
1 DePauw (24) 13-0 623 1
2 Calvin (1) 11-1 574 2
3 Washington U. 11-1 567 3
4 St. Thomas 9-1 537 4
5 Hope 13-0 536 6
6 Amherst 12-0 497 7
7 Messiah 12-1 438 8
8 Tufts 13-0 424 9
9 Ohio Northern 12-1 412 12
10 Lewis and Clark 12-1 389 5
11 Thomas More 12-1 380 10
12 Montclair State 14-0 335 14
13 Southern Maine 13-0 306 15
14 Simpson 11-1 302 16
15 UW-Whitewater 11-3 206 17
16 UW-Stevens Point 1103 202 18
17 Catholic 12-0 182 20
18 York (Pa.) 11-1 172 11
19 Whitman 11-1 163 NR
20 Lebanon Valley 11-2 126 19
21 Cornell 12-0 123 23
22 Babson 10-1 107 22
23 Christopher Newport 11-0 87 25
24 Mount Union 10-3 78 13
25 George Fox 10-3 62 24