Mesa women’s hoops team remains No. 4

Only two undefeated teams remain in NCAA Division II women’s basketball, with three others losing only once, including Colorado Mesa University.

With two weeks left in the regular season, the Mavericks (22-1, 18-1 RMAC) remained No. 4 in the nation Tuesday, despite the previous No. 1 team losing.

Ashland (Ohio) University was upset 66-51 on Thursday by Findlay (Ohio), ending the Eagles’ 49-game regular-season winning streak. Ashland (25-1) fell to No. 3 in Tuesday’s USA Today/WBCA coaches poll.

Bentley (Mass.) University (23-0) is No. 1, with Clayton State (Ga.) University (24-0) moving up one spot to No. 2.

The Mavericks are the only RMAC team in the national rankings. The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs received one vote last week, but it lost at Fort Lewis College when the Mountain Lions fouled Katerina Garcia on a drive to the basket with less than three seconds to play in a tie game. Garcia hit two free throws to secure the Skyhawks’ 65-63 win.

With three games remaining, the Mavericks have a two-game lead over Metro State in the RMAC standings and could wrap up their first conference title since 2002 this weekend.

The top four teams in the conference host first-round games in the tournament March 5, with the highest remaining seed hosting the final four March 8-9.

In the men’s NABC Division II poll, Colorado Mesa (17-6, 14-5) dropped out of the “receiving votes” category after its loss at New Mexico Highlands last weekend. Adams State, which has lost three of its past five games, also dropped out.

Metro State (22-0, 18-0) is still No. 1, with Fort Lewis (17-4, 14-4) at No. 17. Those teams play Friday night in Durango. The Roadrunners beat Fort Lewis 71-65 last month in Denver.

The Mavericks, who are third in the conference standings, need one win to secure a first-round home game in the conference tournament, with a three-game lead over fifth-place CSU-Pueblo.

The first Division II regional rankings will be released today for men’s and women’s basketball. The RMAC has moved to the South Central Region, with the Heartland and Lone Star conferences.

The final regional poll, released after conference tournaments are played the second week of March, will determine the eight teams from each of the eight regions that qualify for the national playoffs. The top-ranked team in each region hosts the tournament the third weekend in March.


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