Women's basketball cracks top 10

INDIANOLA, Iowa – The Simpson women's basketball team cracked the top 10 in the USA TODAY Sports Top 25 Coaches' Poll this past week, moving up one spot to No. 10.

The Storm – 16-1 when the poll was released on Jan. 22 – started the season unranked before earning its best ranking since Feb. 2, 2009, when Simpson ascended to No. 9.

Simpson (17-1, 7-0 Iowa Conference) held steady at No. 14 in the D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll.

Head coach Brian Niemuth's squad closes the week with a rematch against Coe on Saturday in Cedar Rapids. The two teams played Monday, with Simpson taking a 58-56 decision from the Kohawks (11-7, 4-3), who were picked to win the Iowa Conference in the preseason. Simpson and Coe have won at least a share of the last five conference titles.

USA TODAY Sports Top 25 Coaches' Poll - Week 8 (Jan. 22)

Rank School (1st votes) Record
1 DePauw (8) 17-0
2 Calvin 15-1
3 Amherst 17-0
4 Tufts 18-0
5 Messiah 16-1
6 Hope 16-1
7 Washington U 14-2
8 Lewis and Clark 16-1
9 Ohio Northern 16-1
10 Simpson 16-1
11 Thomas More 16-1
12 Montclair State 18-0
13 UW-Stevens Point 15-3
14 St. Thomas 13-3
15 Lebanon Valley 15-2
16 Southern Maine 17-0
17 Catholic 16-1
t18 Emory 14-2
t18 George Fox 14-3
20 Mount Union 14-3
21 Cornell (Iowa) 15-1
22 Babson 15-2
23 Ferrum 14-1
24 Moravian 16-2
25 Williams 15-2
 

D3hopps.com Top 25 Poll - Week 8 (Jan. 20)

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