Minnesota Duluth moved up a spot to No. 8 in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II poll, released Monday.
Lubbock Christian stayed in the top spot with 550 points followed by Lander (523 points), Drury (501), Hawaii Pacific (466), Fort Hays State (445), North Georgia (425), Valdosta State (396) and UMD (388). Michigan Tech (377) and Texas A&M Commerce (324) rounded out the top 10.
UMD improved to 13-1 after winning its second NSIC tournament title in the past three years Sunday with a 67-55 victory over St. Cloud State at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Bulldogs are the only NSIC team ranked in the poll or receiving votes.
UMD was ranked as high as No. 6 in three straight polls (Feb. 2-Feb. 16) — believed to be the highest the program has ever been ranked. The Bulldogs dipped to No. 9 in the Feb. 23 poll following their only loss — a 60-49 home setback to St. Cloud State Feb. 19 — before regaining a spot.
With the NSIC tournament win the Bulldogs secured the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Central Region tournament March 12-15 in Warrensburg, Missouri. UMD was third in the final Central Region rankings released Wednesday, with Fort Hays State occupying the top spot followed by Central Missouri and UMD. Fellow NSIC schools St. Cloud State and Augustana check in at fifth and sixth, respectively.
The NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Show will air at 9 p.m. Sunday, March 7, on NCAA.com.