Wingate is number 25 in this week's WBCA NCAA Division II top 25 coaches' poll
2/21/2017 | Women's Basketball
Lilburn, Ga.----The Wingate University women's basketball team is number 25 in this week's WBCA NCAA Division II top 25 coaches' poll, officials announce Tuesday afternoon (complete poll). The Bulldogs (21-4 overall) are ranked for the first time this season.
Wingate is one of two South Atlantic Conference schools listed in the top 25. Lincoln Memorial (23-2 overall) is number nine. The LMU Railsplitters hold a one-game lead over the WU Bulldogs in the SAC regular season standings. Ashland (27-0 overall) is the number one team, followed by Alaska-Anchorage, California (Pa.), California Baptist and Colorado State-Pueblo rounding out the top five.
"It's exciting to be recognized in the coaches' poll," Wingate head coach Ann Hancock says. "I'm proud of this team and the drive they have shown all season. The girls have worked extremely hard to reach their goals."
"Our main focus is our next opponent," Hancock says. "All we can do is take one game at a time and try to control the things we can control. If we give outstanding effort and play for each other, things will take care of themselves."
The Bulldogs have won 10 consecutive games and 16 of their last 17 contests. Wingate hits the road for its final two regular season SAC encounters, starting with Wednesday's game at Catawba. Tip-off from Catawba's Goodman Gymnasium is slated for 6 p.m.
Wingate University, consistently ranked as a top 10 "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,200 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 35 minors, 12 career concentrations, nine pre-professional programs, master's degrees in accounting, business, education, physician assistant studies and sport management and doctorates in education, pharmacy and physical therapy.
With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. To view current news, video and story ideas, visit www.youtube.com/wingateuniversity.
In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past 10 years. For more information, go to www.wingate.edu.
Wingate is first among NCAA Division II Academic All-America-producing colleges in the 2000's with 88 selections. Among North Carolina's colleges and universities, Wingate is number one in this millennium with 88 Academic All-America honorees. Wingate is tops among all SAC schools with 97 lifetime Academic All-America picks. For more information on WU athletics, go to www.wingatebulldogs.com.