DWU women's basketball drops out of national top-25

For the first time this season, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team is unranked in the NAIA coaches' top-25 women's basketball poll.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Matti Reiner dribbles the ball up the court in a women's basketball game against Briar Cliff on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, at the Corn Palace.
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MITCHELL — For the first time this season, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team is unranked in the NAIA coaches' top-25 women's basketball poll.

The poll, which was updated for the first time since Dec. 14, saw the Tigers fall from their previous No. 21 slot. The Tigers were ranked No. 12 in the preseason to start the year and climbed to No. 7 in the country before dropping down to No. 11 and later to No. 21. DWU in that span between polls, including wins in California by double-digits over Antelope Valley and The Master's. But DWU lost 65-48 to then-No. 22 Briar Cliff at home and fell by one point to Concordia on Jan. 7.

In the women's poll, the Great Plains Athletic Conference is represented by No. 3 Dordt, No. 15 Northwestern and No. 21 Briar Cliff, with Jamestown on the receiving votes list. Thomas More (Ky.) remains the unanimous No. 1 team in the country with a 17-0 record, and is one of four remaining undefeated teams in NAIA women's basketball.

Dordt leads the GPAC standings entering the Jan. 11 games, with a record of 10-0 in conference and 16-0 overall, with Briar Cliff two games back at 8-2 and Northwestern at 7-2. The Tigers are 10-5 overall and 4-5 in GPAC play.

The NAIA men's top-25 has No. 14 Jamestown as the only ranked team in the GPAC. Dordt and Northwestern are in the receiving votes category. In the men's rankings, the College of Idaho moved up three spots to the No. 1 ranking in the country, supplanting Arizona Christian, which dropped to No. 5. No. 2 Oklahoma Wesleyan, No. 3 Langston (Okla.) and No. 4 Southwestern (Kan.) make up the remainder of the top-5.


In the weather-impacted GPAC men's standings, Morningside holds a half-game lead over Dordt, with the Mustangs at 6-2 and Dordt at 6-3, while Concordia is 7-4. DWU stands in seventh place with a record of 8-8 overall and 4-4 in the GPAC.

After facing Midland on Wednesday night, the DWU squads will take on Mount Marty for a home Sunday doubleheader, hosting the Lancers at 2 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. at the Corn Palace.

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