Clayton State women ranked No. 2 in USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

After three straight weeks of being the No. 1-ranked team in the nation in Division II women's basketball, the Clayton State Lakers slipped one spot this week.

The new USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll was released on Tuesday, and Clayton State is ranked second in the nation. The Lakers received 663 points and 10 first-place votes following their first defeat of the season on Saturday in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament semifinals against USC Aiken.

Arkansas Tech (27-2) takes over as the new No. 1-ranked team in Division II, receiving 684 points and 15 first-place votes. Behind Clayton State is Michigan Tech (26-2), Delta State (26-3) and Fort Lewis (28-2).

Overall, there are three teams from the Peach Belt Conference ranked this week in the Division II Top 10. In addition to Clayton State, Lander (27-3) is ranked sixth and USC Aiken (26-5) jumped four spots from 12th to eighth. Grand Canyon (27-2) is ranked seventh, while Wayne State (25-3) is ranked ninth and Metro State (26-2) is 10th to round out the Top 10.

This weekend, Clayton State will play host to the NCAA Division II Women's Southeast Regional at the Athletics and Fitness Center. The Lakers will play host to Peach Belt Conference rival Francis Marion (18-9) at 6 p.m. The other first-round games feature USC Aiken (26-5) against Tusculum (21-8) at 1 p.m., Lander (27-3) against Wingate (19-10) at 3 p.m. and Georgia College (22-6) against Barton (25-4) at 8 p.m.

The semifinals are set for Saturday at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and the championship will be Monday at 7 p.m.