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Lady TBirds Ranked No 2 in Nation

1/10/2018 12:44:11 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. [Story by Jason Farmer, Hobbs News Sun]

The New Mexico Junior College women’s basketball team moved up another spot in the latest NJCAA women’s basketball rankings, taking over the No. 2 spot in the nation in the most recent poll released Tuesday afternoon.

Gulf Coast State was No. 1, but the Lady Commodores suffered a loss last week and the team dropped to No. 3. Shelton State (19-0) moved up to No. 1 while NMJC (17-0) took over the No. 2 spot.

The other two teams in the top 5 include Northwest Florida State (16-0) and Texas’ Trinity Valley (14-1). Rounding out the top 10 are Tallahassee, Salt Lake, Jones County, Moberly Area, and Pensacola State.

Wabash Valley, Frank Phillips, Seward County, South Georgia Tech, and Collin County make up the teams ranked 11 through 15 while Cochise,

Odessa, Hutchinson, Western Nebraska, and Chipola are ranked 16 through 20. The final five teams in the ranking are Cowley Florida, S o u t h We s t e r n State, Northern Oklahoma Enid, San Jacinto-North, and ASA Brooklyn.

Of the 25 ranked teams, only five are undefeated. At 19-0, Shelton State has the best record this season while NMJC’s 17-0 start is second best. Northwest Florida State and Moberly Area are both 16-0 while ASA Brooklyn is 13-0.

Five teams dropped out of the top 25, Angelina, Central Arizona, Hartford, Snow, and Southern Idaho. New to the top 25 are ASA Brooklyn, Cochise, Hutchinson, Northern Oklahoma-Enid, and San Jacinto-North.

South Georgia Tech had the biggest drop, falling from No. 7 to No. 14 while the biggest jump went to Collin County, which moved up five spots from No 20 to No. 15.

The Western Junior College Athletic Conference, the conference in which NMJC plays, has three teams in the top 25; NMJC, Frank Phillips, and Odessa.

New Mexico Junior College will be back in action Thursday when the Lady T-Birds return home from a nine game road trip to host Western Texas College in WJCAC play. Tip off is at 5:30 p.m. at Caster Activity Center.

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