by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
LILBURN, Ga. – The Georgia College women's basketball team has been ranked No. 22 in the most recent USA TODAY Sports Division II Top-25 Coaches' Poll. The 10-1 Bobcats received 109 votes and joined five other previously unranked teams into the elite top-25.
"It is good to see our ladies recognized for the good job they have done so far this season," said Georgia College women's basketball head coach Maurice Smith. "They have been working really hard and playing together as a team on a consistent basis. Our goal is to continue to focus on those aspects throughout conference play."
Nova Southeastern University, Delta State University, Rollins College, and Clayton State University joined the Bobcats to represent five southeastern teams in the Week Six poll released today.
After only garnishing five votes in the last poll, the Bobcats received 104 more votes this week to vault into the top-25. Due to the holidays, the last poll (Week Five) appeared three weeks ago.
Also new to the poll are the University of Indianapolis (No. 16), Indiana University of Pennsylvania (No. 20), Virginia State University (No. 21), California State Polytechnic University-Pamona (T-No. 24), and Northern Michigan University (T-No. 24).
The Bobcats had its second-longest winning streak (10 games) in school history snapped Saturday against the University of North Georgia. Georgia College came within one win of tying the school record of 11 wins set during the 2003-04 season.
The USA TODAY Sports board of coaches is made up of 33 head coaches at Division II institutions and they are all members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
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