WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the first time in 13 seasons Gallaudet University is ranked in the Top 25 coaches' poll run by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The Bison (11-0) are No. 24 in the latest USA Today/ESPN Division III Top 25 coaches' poll released on Tuesday. For weeks the Bison have received votes and steadily built momentum until finally breaking into the rankings.
"I am thrilled for Gallaudet University, our department, coaches and most importantly our players who have worked extremely hard and deserve this recognition," said women's basketball coach Kevin Cook, now in his fourth season at the helm.
Gallaudet was last ranked in the WBCA coaches' poll back on February 24, 1999 when the Bison were 20-4 and No. 17 in the nation.
The Bison are one of four new entries into the coaches' poll (Week 8) this week along with No. 17 Denison University (14-0), No. 19 Greensboro College (11-0) and No. 22 Wartburg College (13-0). GU is one of eight teams in the Top 25 with a perfect record. The undefeated teams are the top four teams in the poll along with the four newcomers. The Bison received 26 points and are sandwiched between No. 23 William Paterson (12-2) and No. 25 Louisiana College (11-1). The coaches' poll is still led by No. 1 Amherst College (13-0) followed by No. 2 Hope College (13-0), No. 3 Thomas More College (13-0) and No. 4 Babson College (12-0).
Gallaudet received votes in the D3hoops.com Top 25 media poll for a sixth consecutive week as the Bison claimed 53 points. GU would be ranked No. 27 if counted out among those teams receiving votes.
The Bison have been ranked seven times by the WBCA, according to its online records. GU was ranked four times during the memorable 1998-99 season when the Bison posted a program best 24-6 record. The Bison were ranked twice the year before during the 1997-98 season. The highest the Bison have ever been in a national poll is No. 16.
Lebanon Valley (13-1), the nationally ranked team the Bison beat earlier in the season, remains ranked No. 15 in both polls as the Dutchmen only have one loss this season.
About the polls
The D3hoops.com Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly. The USA TODAY/ESPN board of coaches is made up of nine head coaches at Division III institutions. All are members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).