Claremore Daily Progress

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January 16, 2013

Lady 'Cats move up to No. 13

CLAREMORE — The Rogers State women’s basketball team jumped two spots to No. 13 in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday.

The Hillcats share the No. 13-ranking with Bethel (Tenn.) who moved up one spot from No. 14. Both squads hold a 14-4 record on the season. RSU went 2-0 last week with wins over Sooner Athletic Conference opponents Oklahoma Baptist and John Brown. Coach Roxanne Long’s squad has started the conference slate with four-straight wins for the first time in program history.

Conference foe Oklahoma City moved up two spots to No. 4 after knocking off then-No.1 Lubbock Christian last Thursday night in Lubbock, Texas. LCU dropped one spot to No. 2 after suffering its first loss of the season to the Stars.

Vanguard (Calif.) claimed the top-spot in the poll. The Lions were the fourth edition's unanimous No. 1 with 281 points and 11 first-place votes. The No. 1 ranking is the 28th for Vanguard since 1999-2000 and first since Feb. 28, 2007. Vanguard is 1-of-2 remaining unbeaten teams in Division I women's basketball with an 11-0 record, including a 2-0 mark in Golden State Athletic Conference play.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and unaffiliated group.

Rogers State (14-4, 4-0) will travel to No. 4 Oklahoma City on Thursday night at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Hillcat Network at www.rsuhillcats.com/live and on RSU Radio 91.3 FM.

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