The ThunderWolf women "received votes" in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA)/USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 poll, receiving three votes following its third RMAC championship in four seasons.
CSU-Pueblo "received votes" for the fourth time in program history and the third time this season. The ThunderWolves last appeared in the Division II poll on Dec. 16, 2008 following its 8-1 start to the 2008-09 season.
CSU-Pueblo was one of just two teams from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in appear in the poll. Fort Lewis, which the ThunderWolves defeated in the RMAC semifinals, came in at No. 7. Fort Lewis had been as high as No. 2 this season.
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Week 14 Poll: March 10, 2009
USA TODAY ESPN Division II Top 25 women's basketball poll, with first-place votes to the right, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th.
|Rank||Institution - First Place Votes||Previous Ranking||Record||Points|
|1.||Northern Kentucky University (24)||2||27-2||648|
|2.||University of Alaska-Anchorage||5||27-3||591|
|3.||Hillsdale College (Mich.)||6||27-3||569|
|4.||Minnesota State University-Mankato (1)||1||26-2||563|
|5.||Seattle Pacific University (Wash.)||8||21-4||531|
|6.||California University of Pennsylvania (1)||3||26-4||521|
|7.||Fort Lewis College (Colo.)||4||26-3||484|
|8.||Washburn University (Kan.)||11||26-4||453|
|9.||Quincy University (Ill.)||9||26-4||417|
|10.||University of California, San Diego||7||26-4||385|
|11.||West Texas A&M University||15||25-5||382|
|12.||Indiana University of Pennsylvania||t16||24-5||351|
|13.||Emporia State University (Kan.)||10||25-5||328|
|14.||Franklin Pierce University (N.H.)||19||24-5||291|
|15.||University of Central Oklahoma||12||25-5||275|
|16.||Tusculum College (Tenn.)||13||23-4||238|
|17.||Francis Marion University (S.C.)||14||25-4||188|
|18.||Fort Valley State University (Ga.)||21||26-4||174|
|19.||Lenoir-Rhyne University (N.C.)||t23||26-4||162|
|20.||University of District of Columbia||20||24-4||160|
|21.||Saint Mary's University (Texas)||t16||23-4||153|
|22.||Michigan Technological University||18||24-6||144|
|23..||Rollins College (Fla.)||22||23-4||100|
|24.||Delta State University (Miss.)||NR||26-6||80|
|25.||University of Tampa (Fla.)||NR||25-5||65|
Dropped Out: Gannon University (Pa.); Holy Family University (Pa.)
Others Receiving Votes: Gannon University (Pa.) - 54; Holy Family University (Pa.) - 28; Bentley University (Mass.) - 23; University of Arkansas-Monticello - 15; Clark Atlanta University (Ga.) - 13; Clayton State University (Ga.) - 10; College of Saint Rose (N.Y.) - 10; Lander University (S.C.) - 9; Northwood University (Mich.) - 9; University of South Carolina Aiken - 6; University of The Incarnate Word (Texas) - 5; Saint Cloud State University (Minn.) - 4; Minnesota State University, Moorhead - 3; Colorado State University-Pueblo - 3; University of Charleston (W.Va.) - 2; Valdosta State University (Ga.) - 2; American International College (Mass.) - 1.
The USA TODAY ESPN Board of Coaches is made up of 29 head coaches at Division II institutions. All are members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The 2008-09 board: Gie Parsons - Non-voting Chair (Clarion University), James Brunelli (Anderson University), Chris Ratcliff (University of Arkansas at Monticello), Dave Wilbers (Arkansas Tech University), David Smith (Bellarmine University), Krista Gerlich (West Texas A&M University), Kip Drown (Colorado State University at Pueblo), Heather Kearney (California University of Penn), Jay Sparks (Columbus State University), Angie Kristensen (Dixie State College of Utah), John Burke (Dominican College), Linden Weese (Eastern New Mexico University), Stephen McDonald (Fairmont State University), Mark Swasey (Franklin Pierce University), Vanessa Taylor (Johnson C. Smith University), Stephanie Evans (Kentucky State University), Jamie Pewinski (Lake Superior State University), Kevin Pederson (Lander University), John Barnes (Michigan Technological University), Carol Russell (University of Nebraska at Kearney), Jessica Smith (University of New Haven), Marilynn Rule-Heinrich (Nova Southeastern University), Brad Vanden Boogaard (Oklahoma Panhandle State University), Julie Van Beek (Seattle Pacific), Jacques Curtis (Shaw University), Mike Jewett (Southwest Minnesota State University), Ron McHenry (Washburn University), Greg Bruce (Western Oregon University) and Barbara Nelson (Wingate University).