Clayton State Women's Basketball ranked #1 in the nation

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MORROW, GA -- For the second time in the last three years, the Clayton State women's basketball team is ranked as the #1 team in the country.

The undefeated and Peach Belt Conference champion Lakers moved up to #1 in the latest edition of the USA Today Sports/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll released today (Tuesday).

Clayton State (25-0; 18-0 PBC) moved up to the top spot after defeating Georgia Southwestern 91-43 and previous top-ranked team Bentley lost 73-66 to Stonehill on Saturday. The Lakers are now the lone undefeated team (women's or men's) at the NCAA Division II level.

The Laker women's program was also ranked #1 late in the 2010-11 season before capturing the NCAA Division II National Championship that year with a 35-1 record.

Clayton State received 30 first place votes and a total of 797 points in the poll, which is conducted by 33 NCAA Division II coaches. Bentley (24-1) dropped to No. 3 in the country and received 733 points, while Ashland (27-1) moved up to No. 2 with 757 points.

Along with Clayton State, the only other Peach Belt school in the rankings is USC Aiken (19-5) at No. 21. Besides the Lakers, the top squad from Clayton State's Southeast Region is Limestone, which is ranked ninth with a 22-2 record.

The Clayton State women's basketball program is 89-5 (.947) over the last three years, the top winning percentage of any program at the NCAA Division II level. The Lakers have been ranked in the Top-25 in 72 straight national polls. The last time the Lakers weren't ranked among the country's Top-25 teams dates back five years ago in the Jan. 6th poll in the 2008-09 season.
Out of over 1,000 teams competing at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels, there are only two women's basketball programs that have fewer losses than Clayton State's five. Both Baylor University, at the NCAA Division I level, and Amherst College, at the NCAA Division III level, have four losses over the last three years.
The Lakers will close its regular season on Saturday, traveling to play Peach Belt Conference rival Columbus State.
February 26, 2013

USA TODAY Sports Division II Top 25 women's basketball poll, with first-place votes to the right, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th.
Rank Institution - First Place Votes Previous Rank Record Total Points
1 Clayton State University (Ga.) -30 2 25-0 797
2 Ashland University (Ohio) -1 3 27-1 757
3 Bentley University (Mass.) -1 1 24-1 733
4 Colorado Mesa University 4 23-1 688
5 Washburn University (Kan.) 5 21-3 645
6 Holy Family University (Pa.) 6 24-2 613
7 Western Washington University 8 21-3 603
8 Gannon University (Pa.) 9 25-3 569
9 Limestone College (S.C.) 10 22-2 526
10 Simon Fraser University (BC) 11 20-4 461
11 Stonehill College (Mass.) 14 21-3 459
12 Glenville State College (W.Va.) 12 26-2 431
13 University of Central Missouri 7 21-3 425
14 Dowling College (N.Y.) 15 21-3 343
15 California State University - Chico 13 20-4 286
16 Shaw University (N.C.) 20 22-4 281
17 Minnesota State University - Mankato 21 22-4 245
18 Edinboro University (Pa.) 22 20-5 207
19 University of Findlay (Ohio) 25 21-4 171
20 Concordia University (Minn.) 24 21-5 165
21 University of South Carolina - Aiken 16 19-5 162
22 Fayetteville State University (N.C.) 18 22-4 152
23 New York Institute of Technology 17 22-3 138
24 Grand Canyon University (Ariz.) 19 21-6 97
25 Truman State University (Mo.) NR 19-5 66

Dropped Out: Augustana College (S.D.).

Others Receiving Votes: Lewis University (Ill.) 63; Augustana College (S.D.) 59; Abilene Christian University (Texas) 50; Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 34; Augusta State University (Ga.) 31; Nova Southeastern University (Fla.) 22; Assumption College (Mass.) 11; University of Wisconsin - Parkside 11; Millersville University of Pennsylvania 10; Fort Hays State University (Kan.) 9; Wayne State University (Mich.) 9; Anderson University (S.C.) 8; Indiana University of Pennsylvania 8; Pittsburg State University (Kan.) 8; Rollins College (Fla.) 7; Southwestern Oklahoma State University 7; University of Texas of the Permian Basin 7; Arkansas Tech University 6; Pfeiffer University (N.C.) 6; Michigan Technological University 5; Midwestern State University (Texas) 3; Elizabeth City State University (N.C.) 2; University of Indianapolis (Ind.) 2; Harding University (Ark.) 1; Northwest Nazarene University (Idaho) 1

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