After weeks of build-up, the Clayton State Laker women’s basketball team has reached a new pinnacle for the 2010-11 season – number one in the nation.
The USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll was released on Tuesday, Feb. 15, with Clayton State as the top-ranked team in the nation in Division II. The Lakers (24-0, 13-0 Peach Belt Conference), the nation’s lone remaining undefeated team in Division II women’s basketball, earned 717 points and 26 first-place votes in this week’s poll.
Overall, there are only seven other undefeated NCAA basketball teams, including just West Liberty University (W.Va.) and Lincoln Memorial University (Tenn.) among Division II men's squads. The other five are all in Division III. With Ohio State's loss to Wisconsin last week, no Division I basketball teams remain undefeated.
This is the first number one ranking in the nation for Clayton State, not just for women’s basketball, but in any sport.
“While we are flattered and honored to be the number one-ranked team in the nation at this moment, we realize that we haven’t won anything,” says Clayton State head coach Dennis Cox. “It just means we have to work a little harder because the target just got a little bigger.”
Ranked behind Clayton State is Peach Belt rival and previous top-ranked Lander University, Delta State, Fort Lewis and Arkansas Tech. Northeastern State, Western Washington, Michigan Tech, Wayne State and Grand Canyon round out the Top 10.