Heading into the holidays, Ashland University's women's basketball team continues to reside atop the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II Coaches' Poll.
Ashland received all 23 first-place votes in the first regular-season poll of the 2017-18 campaign, released on Tuesday (Nov. 21) afternoon. The Eagles, the defending NCAA Division II national champions, have started the new season at 4-0 to extend their current winning streak to 41 games – the fourth-best in D-II women's basketball history.
This is the 71st time Ashland has been in the WBCA poll, and the 28th time as the poll's top-ranked team. The Eagles have been in the poll 36 times in a row and have been No. 1 15 times in a row.
Ashland's next two games are in the St. Mary's Thanksgiving Classic in San Antonio, Texas – vs. No. 8 Lubbock Christian on Friday (Nov. 24) at 4 p.m. and vs. home-standing St. Mary's on Saturday (Nov. 25) at 6 p.m.
2017-18 WBCA POLL RANKINGS: No. 1 (preseason and Nov. 21).
ASHLAND WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WBCA TOP 25 POLL HISTORY
Weeks in rankings: 71
Weeks in Top 10: 55
Weeks in Top 5: 48
Weeks at No. 1: 28
Most consecutive weeks in rankings: 36 (current)
Most consecutive weeks in Top 10: 30 (current)
Most consecutive weeks in Top 5: 23
Most consecutive weeks at No. 1: 15 (current)
Highest ranking: No. 1
Highest final ranking: No. 1 (2012-13 and 2016-17)
Full seasons in rankings: 3 (2012-13, 2015-16 and 2016-17)
Full seasons in Top 10: 2 (2012-13 and 2016-17)
Full seasons in Top 5: 2 (2012-13 and 2016-17)
Current streak: 36