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Saint Francis women's hoops ranked No.1

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 5:21 pm

The University of Saint Francis women's basketball team is ranked No.1 in the nation.

The Cougars (12-0) moved into the top spot in the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 on Tuesday. One of four remaining undefeated teams, Saint Francis received 11 of 14 first-place votes and 372 total votes to earn its 13th all-time No.1 ranking. It is Saint Francis first time at No.1 since Jan. 9, 2001.

Saint Francis beat previously No.1 Indiana Wesleyan 85-76 last Saturday to make its case for the top spot. The Cougars lead the NAIA with a .498 field goal percentage and also rank in the Top 10 in total scoring offense (3rd, 1,077 points), scoring offense per game (5th, 89.7 points) and total steals (8th, 142). Four players average over 10 points per game for the Cougars. Skylarr Shurn (21 ppg) and Akyah Taylor (20.5 ppg) ranks third and fifth in NAIA in scoring.

Northwestern (Iowa) took the other three first-place votes and 364 total points to earn the No.2 ranking. The Raiders are 12-0 and have outscored their opponents by an NAIA-leading 29.5 points per game. Indiana Wesleyan fell to No.3.