Clayton State women advance to third in USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll
USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll (Jan. 10)
LILBURN, Ga. – January 10, 2012 – After holding steady at fifth in the nation for the last two weeks, the Clayton State Laker women's basketball team advanced two spots to third in the new USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll which was released on Tuesday.
Clayton State received 707 points in the new poll, only 57 points behind No. 2 Cal-San Diego and 79 points behind top-rated Arkansas Tech. The Lakers are currently on a an impressive 13-game winning streak after winning three times last week. Clayton State rolled past North Georgia 72-44 last week home, and then picked up two key Peach Belt Conference road victories at UNC Pembroke 58-40 on Thursday and Francs Marion 68-56 on Saturday.
Clayton State is one of two Peach Belt Conference teams nationally ranked in the latest poll. USC Aiken moved up one spot to No. 13. In addition, conference foes Lander and Georgia Southwestern both received votes.
There are some changes this week in the Top 10. Arkansas Tech (9-0) retains the top spot for a second straight week, while Cal-San Diego (14-0) advanced two spots to No. 2. Ranked behind Clayton State is Fort Lewis (12-2), Edinboro (12-0), Wayne State (15-1), Metro State (12-1), Alaska-Anchorage (14-2), Bentley (12-2) and Pittsburg State (14-0).
Head coach Dennis Cox's Lakers (15-1, 5-0 PBC) play host to in-state rival Augusta State in a key Peach Belt encounter on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the Athletics and Fitness Center.