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ONU women’s basketball team receives votes in two national polls

D3Hoops.com Women’s Poll - #10
2-5-08
School 2007 Total Last
Rank (first Place Votes) Record Points Week
1 Hope (Mich.) (17) 18-0 617 1
2 Howard Payne (Tex.) (8) 19-0 601 2
3 Wisconsin-Whitewater 19-1 553 3
4 Mary Washington (Va.) 18-1 544 4
5 Thomas More (Ky.) 19-0 528 5
6 Kean (N.J.) 19-1 481 7
7 Rochester (N.Y.) 17-1 433 10
8 Simpson (Iowa) 18-1 432 8
9 McMurry (Tex.) 17-2 405 6
10 Messiah (Pa.) 17-2 394 9
11 Southern Maine 18-1 390 11
12 DePauw (Ind.) 17-3 322 13
13 Medaille (N.Y.) 18-1 309 14
14 Tufts (Mass.) 18-1 271 15
15 William Smith (N.Y.) 16-1 270 16
16 Illinois Wesleyan 17-2 265 18
17 Puget Sound (Wash.) 16-3 230 23
18 George Fox (Ore.) 17-2 212 12
19 Baldwin-Wallace 17-2 164 25
20 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 16-4 148 20
21 Amherst (Mass.) 19-2 124 17
22 Wisconsin-Stevens Pt. 16-3 88 24
23 Lake Forest (Ill.) 14-3 70 —
24 Randolph-Macon (Va.) 16-2 66 19
25 Marymount (Va.) 17-2 64 —
Others receiving points: Cortland State 55, Brandeis 27, DeSales 14, Washington U. 14, Ohio Northern 8, Oglethorpe 8, Chapman 6, Salem State 3, St. Benedict 3, St. Norbert 3, Mount St. Mary 2, New York University 1.
ESPN Women’s Poll - #10
2-5-08
School
Last
2007
Total
Rank (First Place Votes) Week Record Points
1. Hope (Mich.) 10 1 18-0 250
2. Howard Payne (Texas) 2 19-0 236
3. Wisconsin-Whitewater 4 19-1 223
4. Mary Washington (Va.) 3 18-1 221
5. Thomas More (Ky.) 5 19-0 207
6. Kean (N.J.) 7 19-1 193
7. Simpson (Iowa) 6 18-1 192
8. Rochester (N.Y.) 8 17-1 186
9. Messiah (Pa.) 9T 17-2 165
10. Southern Maine 9T 18-1 156
11. Medaille (N.Y.) 12 18-1 139
12. Illinois Wesleyan 11 17-2 137
13. DePauw (Ind.) 14 17-3 127
14. William Smith (N.Y.) 16 16-1 122
15. Tufts (Mass.) 17 18-1 110
16. Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) 21 17-2 97
17. McMurry (Texas) 15 17-2 80
18. Puget Sound (Wash.) NR 16-3 66
19. George Fox (Ore.) 13 17-2 63
20. Wisconsin-Eau Claire 19 16-4 53
21. Wisconsin-Stevens Pt. 25 16-3 49
22. Washington (Mo.) 24 13-5 41
23. Randolph-Macon (Va.) 18 16-2 25
24. Amherst (Mass.) 20 19-2 24
25. Lake Forest (Ill.) NR 14-3 19
Others receiving points: DeSales (Pa.) 16, Oglethorpe (Ga.) 15, Chicago (Ill.) 14, Salem State (Mass.) 7, Scranton (Pa.) 6, Ohio Northern 5, Wilmington (Pa.) 4, Marymount (Va.) 2.
Feb. 5, 2008

By Gary Petit

ADA — The Ohio Northern women’s basketball team is off to its best start in 20 years at 15-4 overall and are in first place in the Ohio Athletic Conference with a 10-2 mark.

The team’s success has not gone unnoticed by the national polls as the D3Hoops.com and ESPN women’s poll have the Polar Bears receiving votes in each poll.

In the D3Hoops.com poll, Northern received the 30th-most points with eight votes.

The ESPN poll has ONU received the 31st-most points with five votes.

Last week, the Polar Bears received the 28th-most points with 34 votes in the D3Hoops.com poll and received the 27th-most points with 11 votes in the ESPN poll.

Northern is tied with No. 19-ranked Baldwin-Wallace atop the OAC standings.

A large reason for Northern’s early success has been the play of its senior standouts Jenny Markle and Erin Brand.

Markle, the nation’s leader in three-point percentage at 57.0 percent (53-of-93) is second on the team in scoring at 11.3 ppg.

Brand leads the Polar Bears in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (5.5 rpg) this season.

Brand also became the eighth member of the ONU Women's Basketball 1,000 Point Club with 1,022 career points.

The Polar Bears will host Otterbein on Wednesday at 7:30 before traveling to John Carroll on Saturday for a 3 pm contest.