Women's basketball holds steady in rankings

INDIANOLA, Iowa – The Simpson women's basketball team held steady in the latest release of the national polls, coming in at No. 11 in the USA TODAY Sports Top 25 Coaches' Poll and No. 14 in the D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll.

The Storm (14-1, 4-0 IIAC) extended their winning streak to five games with a 74-54 win over Loras on Wednesday night and went 2-0 last week with wins at Luther on Wednesday  (71-62) and at home against Wartburg on Saturday (66-57).

Simpson's 26th-year head coach Brian Niemuth improved his career record to 492-194 with the win over Loras, as he closes in on win No. 500. Niemuth would become only the 20th coach in Division III women's basketball history to reach the mark.

The Storm close the week with a trip to Dubuque to face the Spartans. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday.

USA TODAY Sports Top 25 Coaches' Poll - Week 7 (Jan. 15)

Rank School (1st votes) Record
1 DePauw (8) 15-0
2 Calvin 13-1
3 Amherst 15-0
4 Tufts 16-0
5 Messiah 14-1
6 Hope 14-1
7 Washington U. 12-2
8 Lewis and Clark 14-1
9 St. Thomas 11-2
10 Ohio Northern 14-1
11 Simpson 13-1
12 Thomas More 14-1
13 Montclair State 16-0
14 UW-Stevens Point 13-3
15 Lebanon Valley 13-2
16 Southern Maine 15-0
17 Cornell (Iowa) 14-0
18 Babson 13-1
19 Catholic 14-1
20 Emory 12-2
21 Mount Union 12-3
22 Ferrum 12-0
23 George Fox 12-3
t24 Christopher Newport 13-0
t24 UW-Whitewater 12-4

 

D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll - Week 7 (through Jan. 13)

No. School (1st votes) Record
1 DePauw (23) 15-0
2 Calvin (2) 13-1
3 Hope 14-1
4 Amherst 14-0
5 Messiah 14-1
6 Tufts 15-0
7 Washington U. 12-2
8 Ohio Northern 14-1
9 Lewis and Clark 14-1
10 Thomas More 14-1
11 Montclair State 16-0
12 St. Thomas 11-2
13 Souther Maine 15-0
14 Simpson 13-1
15 UW-Stevens Point 13-3
16 Christopher Newport 13-0
17 Lebanon Valley 13-2
18 Catholic 14-1
19 Cornell (Iowa) 14-0
20 Babson 13-1
21 Ferrum 12-0
22 Moravian 14-1
23 George Fox 12-3
24 UW-Whitewater 12-4
25 Mount Union 12-3