HARROGATE, Tenn. -- The Lincoln Memorial University women's basketball team moved to fifth place in the latest NCAA Division II SIDA National Media Poll and moved to eighth place in the WBCA/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll, officials announced Tuesday, Feb. 7.
And the Railsplitters continued to climb in men's latest national rankings, moving five spots to No. 16 in the NABC/Division II coaches poll and two spots to No. 10 in the media poll.
The Lady Railsplitters are currently 20-1 and 15-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. The 20-1 start is the best start in school history.
Ashland remained at the top of the both women's polls this week, receiving 400 points and all 16 first place votes in the media poll and 600 points and all 24 first place votes in the coaches' poll. LMU is also first in the final Southeast Regional Division II SID Media Poll. They have 58 points and five of the six first place votes. The NCAA Regional Poll will begin on Feb. 15. The Lady Railsplitters will host Tusculum Wednesday evening, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.
As for the men's team, the Railsplitters, now 18-4 overall and 13-3 in SAC, extended its winning streak to eight and snapped Wingate's 11-game winning streak with a 97-87 victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday at Tex Turner Arena. Luquon Choice (pictured) -- a native of Laurens, S.C., who was recognized as the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week for the sixth time in his career on Monday -- scored 31 of his season-high 36 points in the second half to power the victory.
Cornelius Taylor of Claxton, Ga., also had 15 of his career-high 21 points in the first frame, as LMU remained in sole possession of second place in the league standings. Lincoln Memorial is back inside the top 20 of the NABC rankings for the first time since slipping from preseason No. 2 to No. 12 in the first regular-season rankings. The Railsplitters checked into the Top 10 of the DII media poll for the first time since being ranked No. 6 on November 22. Northwest Missouri State retained its unanimous claim on the No. 1 spot in both the coaches and media poll. The Railsplitters will look to push their winning streak to nine games and beat Tusculum for the 20th consecutive time on Wednesday night when they host the Pioneers at 8 p.m. After that, Lincoln Memorial travels to Newberry for an early noon tip on Saturday.
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