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Lady Railsplitters Move Up To Ninth in WBCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, Still Sixth in National Media Po



HARROGATE, Tenn. -- The Lincoln Memorial University women's basketball team moved up to ninth place in the latest WBCA/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll and remained at sixth place in the D2SIDA National Media Poll, officials announced Tuesday, Jan. 10. The Lady Railsplitters received 315 points in the media poll and 406 points in the coaches' poll. LMU is currently 13-0 and 8-0 in the South Atlantic Conference. The rankings are through games played Sunday, so Monday night's contest with Queens is not factored into the polls. Ashland remained at the top of the both polls this week, receiving 400 points and all 16 first place votes in the media poll and 598 points and 20 of the 22 first place votes in the coaches' poll. In the coaches' poll, Emporia State came in at second with 557 points, followed by Virginia Union (532 points and 2 first place votes), Bellarmine (499 points) and Pittsburg State (489 points.) moves from sixth to fifth. Angelo State is ranked sixth, followed by Alaska-Anchorage, California (PA) and LMU. Colorado State-Pueblo rounds out the top ten. In the media poll, Angelo State is second with 380 points, followed by Alaska-Anchorage and Emporia State, who are tied with 351 points each. Virginia Union is fifth with 334 points. LMU is at sixth, followed by Pittsburg State, Colorado State-Pueblo, Bellarmine and California (PA). The Lady Railsplitters are also No. 1 in NCAA's Southeast Regional Division II SID Media Poll. They have 60 points and all six first place votes. LMU is first in the SAC standings and will face second-place Anderson Wednesday evening, Jan 11, at 6 p.m.

LMU MEN BACK IN NATIONAL RANKINGS

The Lincoln Memorial University men's basketball team has checked back into the national polls this week, coming in at No. 25 in the NABC coaches poll and No. 18 in the Division II media poll. The Railsplitters (10-4) are coming off of a gut-wrenching 103-101 overtime loss at No. 3 Queens on Monday night, but the result of that contest was not reflected in this week's polls. Lincoln Memorial had the opportunity to take down a Top 5 nationally ranked team for the second time in three games when they faced off against the Royals in Charlotte on Monday night. Things looked bleak early as the Railsplitters fell into a 13-point hole, but LMU rallied all the way back and eventually forced overtime. Despite leading by three points four different times in overtime, the Railsplitters were unable to do what they did against No. 5 Bellarmine two Saturdays ago and came up short in a two-point loss. Prior to that, the Railsplitters pounded the Mars Hill Lions 93-64 in Harrogate last Wednesday. Lincoln Memorial never trailed in that contest and built a 20-point lead at the half in the easy-breezy victory. Lincoln Memorial is back in the NABC poll for the first time since falling out of the top 25 in late December. That ended a streak of 94 consecutive weeks ranked in the top 25 of the NABC poll, which was the second-longest active and all-time streak in the history of the Division II men's basketball rankings. The Railsplitters are back in action on Wednesday night, Jan. 11, when they square off against the Anderson Trojans in Anderson, S.C. at 8 p.m. Lincoln Memorial returns to Tex Turner Arena on Saturday to face the Catawba Indians at 4 p.m.

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