Well, hello Rockhurst. The Hawks caused the biggest disappointment in their DII show history, beating the No. 1 Drury. It ended the Panthers’ 42-win streak and in doing so knocked them out of the No. 1 spot in the table. ranking Strength 10 women’s basketball DII.
STUNNER: How Rockhurst defeated Drury #1
There’s also more disturbance, both on the field in DII men’s and women’s football and on hardwood courts. Several of the top 25 teams got back into the action with the baseball diamond in dominating fashion. There is also a mini football game called the Super Bowl that will be played on Sunday night which will feature seven former DII soccer players.
Fasten seat belt, national DII. It’s time for your DII Report.
DII’s latest 10 women’s basketball strength rankings
It’s been two weeks since the last Power 10 leaderboard. Quite a bit has changed.
Before we get to the rankings, can you say thank you to Quincy and Illinois Springfield? The two teams fought over three times and made 100 free throws and hit 75 of them. Every Quincy beats writer Matt Schuckman, both are DII single game records. That’s a lot of free throws.
We have a new #1 show, albeit a very familiar one with the top spot in the polls. With Valdosta State beating Montevallo on Saturday, we also have some debuts from teams that are too impressive to continue to ignore.
First, a quick reminder of how my ratings work. This is mine, and mine alone. I usually try to stick to the criteria the selection committee uses at tournament time, but this is a much different season. In some cases, I just go with the team that is playing the best at the moment.
These teams are currently scheduled to play the minimum number of games needed to qualify for the tournament in March. Any team or conference not playing this season will not be counted.
1. Lubbock Christian – Lady Chaps is currently 9-0 behind the best defense in DII women’s rounds, allowing only 47.9 points per game. The offense is no slouch either, winning games by an average of almost 28 points, also the best in the Division. Allie Schulte leads, scoring 15.4 points per game with a sensational 68 percent from the floor.
2. Landing craft – Last time we discussed the Bearcats, they were about to have a win over North Georgia. Lander has continued his win, now a perfect 10-0 of the season. Zamiya Passmore is leading the Bearcats quartet with double points as the team is winning 73.9 points per game.
3. Drury – Yes, the Panthers lost. Yes, Rockhurst is an underrated team. But come on, there’s a reason Ashland’s track record is so impressive. Drury has won 42 in a row and this is only his second loss in three years. The other person entered the national semi-finals. Drury was back in the winning column against Lindenwood and Paige Robinson scored 22 points, the seventh time she had scored 20 plus points in a game this season.
4. Charleston (WV) – The Golden Eagles entered our final standings and they have improved to 9-0 since then. They have a pair of 20-scoring players at the Brooklyn Pannell and Erykah Russell, who also average a double. This team can score, but defend well, winning by averaging close to 20 points.
5. Hawaii Pacific – The Sharks currently have the longest winning streak in DII women’s basketball with 29 games. They simply didn’t play meaningful enough basketball to go higher than number 5 (now 4-0), returning to action for the first time in nearly a month on Saturday. Don’t let the rankings fool you, this team is a powerhouse and a very real threat is coming soon.
6. Minnesota Duluth – The Bulldogs started 7-0, and it was an impressive game. They have kept their opponents under 58 points per game while limiting the teams to a goal-on-field ratio of 39 percent. Brooke Olson leads the charge offensively with 19.2 points per game, but this is an even team with seven players contributing significant points per game.
7. West Texas A&M – How about congratulations to head coach Kristen Mattio? She picked up her 150th win over the weekend. Don’t you think that’s not bad for someone who has coached 180 games, right? The Buffs followed it up with her 151st and now 12-1 win of the season. As usual, we were further surprised by Lexy Hightower, who hit 18.2 points per game while shooting 60.8 percent from the field and 53.7 from the deep.
8. Arkansas Tech – We can’t keep the Golden Suns out of the mix for much longer. Now 7-0, this team scores seriously, placing 86.4 per game. You also don’t know where it will come from, with five players scoring more than 11 points per game. This team is very well balanced across the board and online. It will be fun to see how long they can maintain perfection.
9. Carson-Newman – The Eagles have dropped a game since their last ranking, and thus slipped a few places, but that doesn’t detract from how good this team is. They score 82.6 points per game, led by Braelyn Wykle and her average score of 23.4. Senior Addison Byrd was also impressive, contributing even 12 points and seven pounds per game.
10. Texas A&M-Commerce – The Lions went 10-1 last weekend. Dyani Robinson scores 18.0 points per game to lead the four Lions. This team is balanced, both in terms of talent and a good mix of experience between veteran seniors and young, athletic strikers. They seem to get better every week.
First year out (in order): Southwest Oklahoma State, Fort Hays State, Grand Valley State, North Georgia, Valdosta . State
Next 10 (in alphabetical order): Cedarville, Central Missouri, Colorado School of Mines, Daemen, Gannon, Glenville State, Michigan Tech, Nebraska-Kearney, Tusculum, Western Colorado
Welcome to Upset City: The Untold Story of the DII Men’s Basketball Season
It’s not fun being a top 25 team in 2021. Every night is a challenge and this week, as we’ve seen in previous weeks, has seen more shuffling of the top 25 of the team. NABC.
- Glenville State enters this week’s poll in 24th place with a perfect 5-0 scoreline. The Pioneers lost their first game as a ranked team in ’21 to West Liberty. Now, the Hilltoppers have reached 2nd place in Power 10 and are on a non-special three-game losing streak. So it wasn’t an epic disappointment, even though West Liberty put the pedal to the metal in the 117-85 win.
- Number 21 Fairmont State lost to a very good but underrated Charleston (WV) team 85-70. The Golden Eagles improved to 7-2 with straight wins over top 25 opponents after beating West Liberty last week.
- Shorter knocked out Lee 18th, 78-71 on Friday. Ricky Knight, Jr. (23 points) and Ja’Cori Wilson (20 points) lead. Lee made a quick comeback, beating Shorter 65-52 on Saturday.
- No. 12 Hillsdale avenged his only loss of the season by beating No. 6 Findlay, 82-71, on Saturday. Both encounters between the two were top 25 contests, with the first ending in a half-court whistle blow by Tommy Schmock for Findlay. All five of the Chargers’ launches scored double digits, led by Patrick Cartier. Cartier played absolutely explosively, scoring 130 points in the last 5 matches.
Texas A&M-Kingsville also continues to impress. Javelinas improved to 12-1 with a win over St. Edwards No. 25 on Thursday, and completed a thrilling 83-82 comeback on Saturday. Javelinas has a well-balanced attack and is a team worth beating right now.
And we can warmly welcome St. Thomas Aquinas not? The Spartans finally returned to the jungle last week and took a 2-0 lead with 211 points. Despite the extremely small sample size, five players are scoring double-digit averages, while 10 are scoring at least six per game.
Angelo State, Texas-Tyler meet in baseball’s top 15 opening series DII
The Rams, who came in at #2 in the pre-season NCAA.com top 25, opened the season against Texas-Tyler this past weekend. They had an opening night of the show, knocking out the 15 Patriots 10-1. Trent Green was the trump card we were expecting, going 6.2 innings, getting through 12 and allowing a run, while player of the year contender Josh Elvir hit his first shot of the year. number of times running on the home field. Saturday saw even the series Patriots with Riley Lambert’s walking single in the ninth installment to take a 2-1 lead in the thriller. Both play rubber match on Sunday.
RANKINGS SZN: NCAA.com Top 25 pre-season
There have been 25 other top teams back in their first action since last March last week. Oklahoma Baptist is one of our bedtimes in 2021 and West Texas A&M, ranked 13th in our pre-season standings, took care of Bison, winning three of four games in the weekend series. Zach Dixon and Carter Brown combined closed on opening night. No. 14 North Georgia came out on the opening weekend with a 2-1 scoreline, but the man went to play the Nighthawks, scoring 14, 13 and 14 runs, respectively. Steven Bower opened the season with a complete game, losing 14-0, while Parker Morrison ended the weekend with a complete, 14-0 loss, going up to 17.
Lander beat South Carolina in college men’s soccer
The women’s basketball team can’t have all the fun. Lander’s men’s soccer team attended an exhibition in DI South Carolina and beat opponents Conference USA, 1-0. Junior Jacob Withers played well into the first half, defending four shots, while freshman Simon Reithmeir came on to preserve his ability for the final 45 minutes. Sophomore Max McNulty, who had an impressive eight-goal campaign for freshmen a year ago, scored the only goal of the game. The Bearcats hope to return to play against Francis Marion on Monday.
Texas-Tyler’s women’s team moved on over the weekend. The Patriots beat Stephen F. Austin 1-0 in their first win over a Division I team in show history. Kiersten Ehler scored the winner of the game in the 63rd minute of the game. Camri Cecil made eight saves in keeping a clean sheet.
Former DII football in the Super Bowl
Seven DII soccer players remain in the 2020 NFL season. Here’s a quick look at who’s running in Super Bowl LV.
👀 RECORDING SET: 11 records Matt LaFleur set on the DII football field
(Note: Activity assignment table only one on NFL.com on Saturday, February 6)
|Chief of Kansas City||Tireek Hill||West Alabama|
|Nick Keizer||Grand Valley State|
|Mike Pennel||CSU Pueblo|
|Tershawn Wharton||Missouri S&T|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Tanner Hudson||South Arkansas|
|Ryan Jensen||CSU Pueblo|
Editor’s note: Lander isn’t the only soccer team to take down a DI opponent. Thanks to the fans who let us know about Lee beating Lipscomb, 2-1, thanks to freshman Kiersten Havens’ winning goal in the 82nd minute. Read the game synopsis on Lee’s website here.
https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/article/2021-02-07/dii-report-theres-new-no-1-womens-basketball-power-10-rankings DII Report: There’s a new #1 spot in the DII Women’s Basketball 10 Strength ranking