AU Women Tie Coaches' Poll Record For No. 1 Rankings

AU Women Tie Coaches' Poll Record For No. 1 Rankings


A season of records continued on Tuesday (Feb. 13) afternoon for Ashland University's women's basketball team.

In the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II Coaches' Poll, the Eagles once again are the country's unanimous No. 1 team. It is the 37th time during the regular season/postseason that Ashland has been the top-ranked team in the coaches' poll, tying North Dakota for the D-II poll record (the poll began in 1982-83).

Ashland is 24-0 overall and 16-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and has won 61 straight games – tied for the sixth-longest NCAA hoops streak in history, regardless of level or gender.

  • The Eagles extended their Division II coaches' poll record for consecutive times as the top-ranked team in the regular season/postseason to 25. Adding this season's preseason poll, Ashland's overall active streak is 26.
  • Ashland has received every first-place vote in all 12 regular-season polls so far in 2017-18.
  • The Eagles are closing in on another D-II coaches' poll record, as well. This is the 29th straight regular season/postseason poll that Ashland has been in the top five, and only North Dakota State (38), Seattle Pacific (37) and North Dakota (32) have longer streaks.
  • Ashland is 76-1 all-time as the No. 1-ranked team in the coaches' poll.
  • Joining the Eagles in this week's poll from the GLIAC is Michigan Tech (No. 17).

Ashland will begin its final regular-season road trip of 2017-18 on Thursday (Feb. 15) at 8 p.m. at Grand Valley State (20-4, 13-3).

2017-18 WBCA POLL RANKINGS: No. 1 (preseason, Nov. 21, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 21, Jan. 3, Jan. 9, Jan. 16, Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13).




Weeks in rankings: 82

Weeks in Top 10: 66

Weeks in Top 5: 59

Weeks at No. 1: 39

Most consecutive weeks in rankings: 47 (current)

Most consecutive weeks in Top 10: 41 (current)

Most consecutive weeks in Top 5: 30 (current)

Most consecutive weeks at No. 1: 26 (current)

Highest ranking: No. 1

Highest final ranking: No. 1 (2012-13 and 2016-17)

Full seasons in rankings: 3 (2012-13, 2015-16 and 2016-17)

Full seasons in Top 10: 2 (2012-13 and 2016-17)

Full seasons in Top 5: 2 (2012-13 and 2016-17)

Current streak: 47