Arkansas Tech earned its highest final national ranking in women’s basketball in 11 years on Tuesday when the Golden Suns were slotted at No. 6 in the last USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II top 25 poll of the 2009-10 season.
It is Tech’s best showing in the season-ending poll since the 1998-99 campaign, when the Golden Suns finished at No. 2 after posting a 31-7 overall record and a national runner-up finish in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
The 2009-10 Golden Suns finished 31-3 overall and 12-2 in Gulf South Conference play. Tech won the GSC West Division title, the GSC Tournament championship and the NCAA Division II South Region title.
It was the Golden Suns’ first GSC West title and their first GSC Tournament crown since 2003, and this year marked Tech’s first NCAA South Region title in women’s basketball since 1999.
Head coach Dave Wilbers (photographed) has now led the Golden Suns to a 76-18 overall record and two NCAA Tournament appearances in his first three years on the job.
Emporia State (30-5) was voted No. 1 in the country in the final poll of the 2009-10 season. The Lady Hornets won the national championship by defeating Fort Lewis College 65-53 on Friday, March 26.