From Staff Reports
The Clayton State Laker women's basketball team continued to ascend up in this week's new USA Today/ESPN Division II Coaches' Top 25 poll, which was released on late Tuesday afternoon.
After moving up two spots to 11th last week, Clayton State moved up three spots to eighth in this week's poll. The Lakers, who are the highest-ranked Peach Belt Conference team, earned 405 points, and it's Clayton State's highest national ranking since being ranked seventh early in the 2007-08 season. Clayton State ran its record to 4-0 on Saturday with a convincining 81-50 victory over visiting UNC Pembroke in its PBC opener.
The USA TODAY/ESPN Division II poll is listed below: First-place votes are in parentheis. and Peach Belt Conference Schools are listed in bold:
1. Michigan Technological University - (23), 2 Franklin Pierce University (N.H.) - (1) 3.
Delta State University (Miss.) (1), 4. University of Alaska Anchorage, 5. University of Indianapolis (Ind.) (1), 6 Gannon University (Pa.), 7 Fort Lewis College (Colo.), 8. * Clayton State University, 9 Emporia State University (Kan.), 10. California University of Pennsylvania, T11Minnesota State University, Mankato, T11, Washburn University, (Kan.), 13 University of California-San Diego, 14 West Texas A&M University, 15
University of Tampa (Fla.), 16 Quincy University (Ill.), *17 Francis Marion University (S.C.), 18. Johnson C. Smith University (NC), 19 Seattle Pacific University (Wash.), 20
Virginia State University, 21 Stonehill College (Mass.), 22 Lenoir-Rhyne University (N.C.), 23 Lander University (S.C.), 24 Arkansas Tech University, 25 Southeastern Oklahoma State University.