Apparently it takes more than a 64-point conference win, allowing just six points in a half and reeling off runs of 27, 23 and 27 unanswered points to be the top-ranked women’s basketball team in the nation these days.
On the heels of Saturday’s 88-24 American Southwest Conference victory over the University of the Ozarks, the Howard Payne Lady Jackets dropped to No. 2 in the USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division III women’s basketball poll.
Ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history seven days ago, the Lady Jackets (4-0, 2-0) were overtaken by Hope College (5-0) in Tuesday’s latest poll. Howard Payne is also ranked No. 2 by d3hoops.com.
Hope picked up five first-place votes and 240 total points this week, compared to Howard Payne’s two first-place votes and 231 points — which is one more first-place vote and four more total points than the Lady Jackets received in last week’s rankings.
In the d3hoops.com rankings, Howard Payne trails Mary Washington (5-0), while Hope came in third.
In other Lady Jacket news, Tuesday’s 7 p.m. non-conference contest against Dallas Christian has been rescheduled for Thursday at the same time. Howard Payne will put its 22-game win streak at the Brownwood Coliseum on the line against DCC.
Howard Payne’s next conference game is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday in Alpine against Sul Ross. The Lady Jackets opened ASC action with an 84-51 win over Sul Ross at the Coliseum on Nov. 26.