(Kansas City, Mo.) Coming off a victory against Blue Mountain College which clinched the program’s second Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Regular Season Title, the Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team climbed its way back into NAIA DI Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 poll, as announced by the national office on Tuesday evening.
After spending the last two weeks outside the Top 25, the Wolf Pack reenters this week’s edition of the national poll at No. 23 after collecting 79 total points. Heading into the final regular season ranking of the year (to be released on March 8), Loyola has spent the entirety of the 2016-17 season either ranked or receiving votes.
The Wolf Pack (25-5) enters the SSAC Championship as the top overall seed and will face the winner of tonight’s Middle Georgia State and Brewton-Parker game tomorrow, March 2, at 12:30 p.m. Head coach Kellie Kennedy the women’s squad heads to Mobile, Alabama looking to win its third-straight SSAC Tournament Title before heading to Billings, Montana on March 15-21 for the 37th Annual Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship.
Nationally, the Wolf Pack leads the NAIA in total rebound offense (1413) and ranks fourth in both defensive rebounds per game (30.6) and total rebounds per game (47.1).
There has been a lot to celebrate for Loyola already this year as the teams 25 regular season victories are the most ever in program history. The 2016-17 season saw both Meghan Temple (SR/Houston, Texas) and Kylah Jones (SR/Houston, Texas) each reach the 1000 career points plateau along with Temple becoming the program’s all-time leader in career rebounds.
A quick glance at the NAIA Top 25 Poll shows Freed-Hardeman (30-0) on top for the sixth consecutive edition after garnering 250 total points. Sitting at 29-1, Lewis-Clark State lands at No. 2 while Lindsey Wilson (28-1, 235), Vanguard (27.2, 223), and Shawnee State (28-2, 223) round out the top five.