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USA TODAY ESPN DIVISION III TOP 25 COACHES' POLL

Preseason Poll: November 1, 2011

USA TODAY ESPN Top 25 women's basketball poll, with first-place votes noted on the right, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th.

Rank
Institution- First Place Votes
Last Year's Final Rank
Last Year's Final Record
Points
1
Amherst College (Mass.) -4
1
32-1
172
2
University of Chicago (Ill.) -3
5
25-4
171
3
George Fox University (Ore.)
6
25-6
156
4
William Paterson University (N.J.)
14
26-4
137
5
Calvin College (Mich.)
16
25-5
136
6
Washington University (Mo.)
2
25-6
130
7
Babson College (Mass.)
7
30-1
127
8
University of Rochester (N.Y.)
22
21-6
109
9
DePauw University (Ind.)
20
25-4
108
10
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
9
27-3
97
11
Bowdoin College (Maine)
21
24-6
84
12
Lebanon Valley College (Pa.)
10
28-3
83
13
Illinois Wesleyan University
4
27-6
79
14
University of Mount Union (Ohio)
18
26-4
77
15
Hope College (Mich.)
11
27-3
76
16
Denison University (Ohio)
19
28-1
61
T17
Greensboro College (N.C.)
17
28-3
45
T17
Thomas More College (Ky.)
8
30-1
45
19
Muhlenberg College (Pa.)
15
23-6
42
T20
Colby College (Maine)
NR
22-6
39
T20
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
NR
21-7
39
22
Howard Payne University (Texas)
25
22-8
36
23
Messiah College (Pa.)
NR
19-8
35
24
Kean University (N.J.)
12
24-5
31
25
Wheaton College (Ill.)
NR
19-7
26


Others Receiving Votes:
Christopher Newport University (Va.) 22; Saint Vincents College (Pa.) 18; University of Wisconsin - River Falls 17; Lewis & Clark College (Ore.) 16; Carthage College (Wis.) 14; Coe College (Iowa) 13; Johns Hopkins University (Md.) 7; Randolph-Macon College (Va.) 7; University of Mary Washington (Va.) 7; Baldwin-Wallace College (Ohio) 4; Louisiana College 3; DeSales University (Pa.) 2; Saint Norbert College (Wis.) 2; Juniata College (Pa.) 1; Simpson College (Iowa) 1.

The USA TODAY ESPN board of coaches is made up of nine head coaches at Division III institutions. All are members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The 2011-12 board: Patricia Manning- Non-voting Chair (Williams College), Kate Costanzo (Allegheny College), Nancy Fahey (Washington University-St. Louis), Julie Fulks (Lewis & Clark College), Kim Martin (Saint Joseph College), Stephanie Flamini (Guilford College), Dawn Henderson (The College of New Jersey), James Scheible (University of Rochester), and Mike Strong (University of Scranton).



*Please note that all voters for the DIII poll are required to vote each week between 10 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Tuesday ET.

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