(Kansas City, Mo) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team received votes in today’s NAIA DI Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, as announced by the league office on Tuesday evening.
After landing at No. 24 in the last edition of the national rankings, the Wolf Pack earned 53 total votes in today’s poll to drop just outside the top 25.
For the fifth-straight edition, Freed-Hardeman (25-0) grabbed the top spot, while Lindsey Wilson (24-0), Vanguard (24-1), Lewis-Clark State (24-1), and Shawnee State (25-2) rounded out the top five.
Entering the week at No. 17, fellow Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) representative Bethel (19-7) jumped three spots to No. 14 in the poll and Martin Methodist (20-6) found itself cracking the top 25 today after the squad received votes in the previous rankings.
Loyola has gone 2-1 since the last edition of the top 25 came out on Jan. 31 – losing to Brenau (78-85) on the road before defeating Middle Georgia State (70-59) and Faulkner (79-54).
The Wolf Pack currently leads the SSAC in 13 major statistical categories while ranking inside the top five nationally in five categories overall. Loyola is second in the NAIA with 48 rebounds per game and 1200 total rebounds thanks in large part is senior Meghan Temple (SR/Houston, Texas) who ranks amongst the national leaders in offensive rebounds per game (4.2), total rebounds (222) and total rebounds per game (9.2). The Houston native is tops in the SSAC with a 0.521 field goal percentage and 4.2 offensive rebounds per game while her 222 total rebounds and 9.2 boards per outing are second most in the league.
Offensively, junior guard Zoie Miller (JR/Frisco, Texas) paces the Wolf Pack and ranks ninth in the SSAC at 13.04 points per game. Two-time SSAC Player of Week Di’Mond Jackson (JR/Baton Rouge, La.) has given out a league-best 111 assists so far this season and sharpshooter Paige Franckiewicz (FR/Slidell, La.) has knocked down a conference-high 65 triples on 39% shooting from beyond the arc.
Loyola begins a three-game home stand on Thursday against Mobile at 5:30 p.m. Following the matchup against the Rams, the Wolf Pack will welcome No. 17 Bethel and RV Martin Methodist to the First NBC Court for games on Saturday and Monday, respectively.