LILBURN, Ga. — The USC Aiken women’s basketball team dropped one spot to fourth in the sixth USA Today/ESPN Division II top-25 Coaches’ Poll.
Peach Belt Conference rival Clayton State jumped ahead of the Pacers to third in the latest poll. Ashland is still the nation’s No. 1 team. Bentley is second.
The Pacers had been ranked fifth in the preseason and first regular-season poll. In the second regular-season poll, USCA moved up to fourth before claiming the ranking of third in the third regular-season poll. The Pacers had been ranked a program-best third in the next two polls.
Since being ranked for the first time in the 2010-11 season on Dec. 14, 2010, USCA has now been ranked in the top-25 in the last 34 polls, which is a school record. The Pacers have been ranked in the top-10 in each of the last three years.
One of only nine remaining unbeaten teams in NCAA Division II, USCA next welcomes Montevallo to the Convocation Center on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
The nationally fourth-ranked Pacers are a perfect 11-0 record in the 2012-13 season, and 4-0 in PBC action. USCA currently has a two-game lead in the PBC East Division.
In the midst of the best start in program history, USCA is just one win away from tying the 2011-12 Pacer squad for the longest winning streak in program history. The 2011-12 Pacers won 12 straight games from Nov. 12, 2011-Jan. 16, 2012.
The Montevallo women’s basketball team is helmed by second-year head coach Cindy Hilbrich, who served as an assistant under USCA 11th-year head coach Mike Brandt for four seasons before taking the Falcon head coaching position prior to the 2011-12 season.
The USCA women’s basketball team will also be looking to extend its school-record 24-game home regular-season winning streak in the contest with Montevallo.