Michigan Tech Women's Basketball Climbs to No. 3 in USA TODAY ESPN Coaches' Poll

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LILBURN, Ga. — The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team will enter the NCAA Tournament as the No. 3-ranked squad in the USA TODAY/ESPN Division II Coaches’ Poll. The Huskies, fresh off their second GLIAC Tournament Championship in the last three years, own a 28-2 overall record.

Tech, which opened the year ranked No. 1 and has been in the top five all season, defeated Northwood, Lake Superior State and Northern Michigan last week to claim the GLIAC Tournament title.

The two teams ranked ahead of Tech in the national poll are Gannon (33-0) and Franklin Pierce (28-1). Indianapolis is the only other Midwest Region team in the national poll at No. 5.

The Huskies are the top seed and host of the 2010 NCAA Midwest Regional this weekend. Tech faces Northern Kentucky Friday (Mar. 12) in a regional quarterfinal contest at the SDC Gym.

USA TODAY/ESPN Division II Coaches’ Poll
1. Gannon University (Pa.) -24 1 33-0 647
2. Franklin Pierce University (N.H.) -2 2 28-1 616
3. Michigan Technological University 5 28-2 576
4. Arkansas Tech University 6 28-2 550
5. University of Indianapolis (Ind.) 3 26-3 518
6. Fort Lewis College (Colo.) 4 30-3 493
7. Washburn University (Kan.) 10 26-3 451
8. Delta State University (Miss.) 8 25-3 446
9. West Texas A&M University 11 28-3 445
10. Fort Valley State University (Ga.) 7 26-2 416
11. Lander University (S.C.) 9 25-3 354
12. University of California - San Diego 12 25-4 311
13. Seattle Pacific University (Wash.) 18 23-3 309
14. University of Alaska - Anchorage 13 23-4 294
15. Emporia State University (Kan.) 15 24-5 250
16. Holy Family University (Pa.) 14 28-2 248
17. University of Tampa (Fla.) 16 25-4 222
18. Western Washington University 20 23-4 207
19. Clayton State University (Ga.) 21 21-6 203
20. Francis Marion University (S.C.) 17 26-4 200
21. Concordia University, St. Paul (Minn.) 19 24-4 124
22. Wayne State College (Neb.) NR 26-4 84
23. Carson-Newman College (Tenn.) 22 24-5 82
24. Lenoir-Rhyne University (N.C.) 24 21-7 54
25. California University of Pennsylvania NR 23-7 46

Dropped Out: Tarleton State University (Texas) -43; Millersville University of Pennsylvania -40.

Others Receiving Votes: Drury University (Mo.) -39; Northeastern State University (Okla.) -38; Fayetteville State University (N.C.) -34; Seton Hill University (Pa.) -23; University of Wisconsin, Parkside -20; Quincy University (Ill.) -11; Northwest Nazarene University (Idaho) -7; Newberry College (S.C.) -6; Stonehill College (Mass.) -6; Tusculum College (Tenn.) -6; Fairmont State University (W.Va.) -4; Pace University (N.Y.) -4; Virginia State University -4; University of Minnesota, Duluth -3; Barry University (Fla.) -2; Bentley University (Mass.) -2; California State Polytechnic University, Pomona -1; Grand Canyon University (Ariz.) -1; Lynn University (Fla.) -1; Northern Michigan University -1; University of Central Oklahoma -1.

Michigan Tech’s Ranking By Week
Date Rank
Preseason 1
Nov. 24 1
Dec. 1 1
Dec. 8 1
Dec. 15 1
No polls Dec. 22 or Dec. 29
Jan. 5 5
Jan. 12 5
Jan. 19 5
Jan. 26 4
Feb. 2 4
Feb. 9 4
Feb. 16 3
Feb. 23 5
Mar. 2 5
Mar. 9 3

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