No. 2 and Climbing: Suns Move Up WBCA Poll

Arkansas Tech University is almost back to where it started the 2010-11 women’s basketball season — ranked No. 1 in the country.

The Golden Suns (14-1 overall, 3-0 Gulf South Conference) moved up two spots to No. 2 in this week’s USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II top 25 women’s basketball poll, which was released by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association on Tuesday.

Arkansas Tech moved up in the poll after it earned wins over Christian Brothers and Arkansas-Monticello last week.

Meanwhile, previously top-ranked Delta State University (Miss.) and previously third-ranked Fort Lewis College (Colo.) both suffered their first losses of the season.

That allowed Lander University of South Carolina (17-0) to earn the No. 1 spot in the NCAA Division II women’s basketball poll and Arkansas Tech to move up to No. 2.

No. 3 Clayton State University of Georgia (15-0), No. 4 Delta State (14-1) and No. 5 Fort Lewis (15-1) round out this week’s top five.

Lander University received 26 first-place votes in this week’s ranking. Delta State earned two first-place votes and Arkansas Tech received one.

The Golden Suns have been inside the top six of the poll throughout the 2010-11 season. Arkansas Tech was No. 1 in the preseason national rankings, fell to No. 6 after a loss at West Alabama on Nov. 27 and has steadily climbed up the poll ever since.

Arkansas Tech has been ranked in the NCAA Division II women’s basketball top 25 for 21 consecutive weeks, including 17 straight weeks in the top 10.

Click here to view the complete USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II women’s basketball top 25 poll.

The Golden Suns will host Southern Arkansas (1-12, 0-3) at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville. Tickets will be available at the door and those with a valid Tech identification card will be admitted free.

Arkansas Tech will visit Delta State for a 4 p.m. contest at Walter Sillers Coliseum in Cleveland, Miss., on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Russellville radio station KWKK 100.9 FM will broadcast both games.

Click here to access Internet streams of the broadcasts.