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Westminster basketball: Griffin women No. 3 for second-straight week

The Westminster women’s basketball team came in at No. 3 in the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the second-straight week, the national office announced Tuesday. Westminster received 230 points in the ninth regular season edition of the poll.

The Griffins are 21-2 on the season, and they have clinched at least a share of their seventh-straight regular season Frontier Conference championship with an 11-1 mark in league games. They have secured the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Frontier Conference Tournament by virtue of wins over then-No. 22 Great Falls and then-No. 11 Montana State-Northern last weekend.

Westminster continues its trend by earning a 23rd-straight top-five ranking. The Griffins have been in the top 25 for 46 consecutive polls, and this week’s No. 3 ranking matches the highest ranking in school history.

After closing out the regular season with games at Lewis-Clark State on Thursday and Montana Tech on Saturday, the Griffins play host to a semifinal game of the conference tournament on March 6 at 7 p.m. a at, in the Behnken Field House.

The Frontier Conference has four teams ranked in this week’s poll, which is tied for the most of any conference in the country. MSU-Northern moved up to No. 10 this week with Carroll at No. 21 and Great Falls tied at No. 23. Lewis-Clark State sits just outside the poll as the first team among other receiving votes.

For the second-consecutive week, Freed-Hardeman was the unanimous No. 1 in the poll. The Lady Lions, who have topped the poll in nine-straight editions, claimed all 10 first-place votes and 250 points, and they take a NAIA-best 27-game winning streak into their final regular season game at Lindenwood-Belleville on Saturday.

Oklahoma City locks down the No. 2 spot for a ninth-straight time. The Stars have won two-straight since falling to then-No. 10 Oklahoma Baptist, 66-62, on Feb. 14. Oklahoma City can lock down the outright Sooner Athletic Conference regular season title with a win at SAGU (Texas) on Thursday. The Stars defeated the Lions, 94-43, earlier this season.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.

The 10th regular season edition of the Top 25 Poll will be announced March 3. The final regular season edition of the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 – used to decide the at-large teams for the upcoming NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship presented by Susan G. Komen Great Kansas City - is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11.