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.