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Simply The Best: Golden Suns Ranked No. 1

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Arkansas Tech University is back where it started the 2010-11 women's basketball season --- ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II top 25 poll.

The Golden Suns (27-2), regular season champions of the Gulf South Conference West Division and champions of the GSC Tournament, moved up one spot to No. 1 in the national poll this week.

Arkansas Tech has won 13 consecutive women's basketball games, including a 73-62 victory over then nationally third-ranked Delta State in the GSC Tournament championship game on Sunday.

That win earned the Golden Suns the right to host the NCAA Division II South Regional at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville March 11-14.

Arkansas Tech has won 33 consecutive women's basketball games at Tucker Coliseum. It is the third-longest such streak in Golden Suns' history.

The Suns are defending NCAA Division II South Region champions. They returned four starters and 10 letter winners from that team, a fact that prompted Women's Basketball Coaches Association top 25 voters to install Arkansas Tech as the No. 1 team in the preseason top 25.

An early-season loss at West Alabama knocked the Golden Suns from the top spot in the rankings, but they have never dropped below No. 6 in the poll this season.

Dating back to last season, Arkansas Tech has been ranked in the USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II women's basketball top 25 poll for 28 consecutive weeks. The Suns have spent 24 straight weeks inside the top 10 of the rankings.

Arkansas Tech will open defense of its NCAA Division II South Region title with a first-round NCAA Tournament game against Fort Valley State on Friday, March 11. Tip-off at Tucker Coliseum is set for 6 p.m.

Click here to read more about the NCAA Division II South Regional.

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

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