Point Park women ranked No. 25 in this week's NAIA Division II Top 25 Poll
Jan. 6, 2015 -- By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communications
Head coach Tony Grenek and Point Park women's basketball are ranked No. 25 this week.
PITTSBURGH -- In the third NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll of the regular season released on Tuesday (Jan. 6), Point Park University comes in at No. 25 this week, three spots down from the last rankings on Dec. 9.
Point Park (12-2, 1-1 KIAC) is one of two KIAC teams in this week's Top 25 along with No. 21 Asbury (Ky.) (12-2, 2-0). Point Park was 5-1 since the last rankings came out with the only loss being Jan. 3 at Asbury in a matchup of KIAC divisional favorites.
Point Park is ranked for the third poll in a row and the 14th time in program history, all of which have come the last four years. Asbury (Ky.) is ranked for the first time ever after not only beating then-No. 22 Point Park, but also then-No. 7 College of St. Mary (Ky.) on Dec. 30.
This week marks the first time the KIAC has two ranked teams at the same time since the final three polls of the 2005-06 season had former KIAC members Berea (Ky.) and Bethel (Tenn.) in the Top 25.
The Pioneers' 5-1 record since the last Top 25 Poll included victories over NAIA Divison I West Virginia Tech, NCAA Division II Alderson Broaddus, NCAA Division then-No. 22 ranked Wilmington, Alice Lloyd (Ky.) and Penn State-Fayette.
Still ranked No. 1 this week is Morningside (Iowa) (18-0), which eliminated Point Park from the NAIA Division II national tournament last year and has been ranked No. 1 every week this season.
Point Park ranks in the Top 10 of the NAIA Division II national statistics in five different categories. The Pioneers are sixth in the country in turnover margin (+7.3) and 3-point field goal defense (.239), eighth in steals per game (12.9), 10th in scoring offense (82.6) and 10th in defensive rebounds per game (31.9).
Looking at the week ahead, Point Park visits Rio Grande for a KIAC North Division road game on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Pioneers host IU Kokomo, another KIAC North opponent, on Saturday at noon. The Cougars are in their first year of women's basketball.
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