The Butler women's basketball team is ranked 15th in the first regular season NJCAA Division I poll of the 2015-16 season.
After receiving votes in the Oct. 27 preseeason rankings, the Grizzlies opened the season with a 10-1 record and have scored 90 points or more in their last four victories. Butler received 88 votes and is the second-highest ranked team in this week's poll that was not included in the preseason top 25.
Butler, which hosts Garden City (6-5) tonight at 5:30 p.m. to open Jayhawk Conference play, is one of three KJCCC teams in this week's poll. Hutchinson (9-0) is rated fourth, while Seward County (7-1) sits at 13th in the rankings. Another KJCCC team, Independence (8-1), is one of four teams receiving votes in the poll. State Fair, Mo. (12-1), who the Grizzlies split with in non-conference play, is ranked 14th, just eight points ahead of Butler.
Salt Lake, Utah (10-0) was voted No. 1 in the poll, receiving all eight first-place votes and 200 total points, while Trinity Valley, Texas (7-1) is ranked second with 192 points. Gulf Coast State, Fla., Hutchinson and Southern Idaho round out the top five.
|NJCAA DIVISION I TOP 25 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL POLL|
|Dec. 2, 2015|
|1.||Salt Lake, UT (8)||10-0||200||7|
|2.||Trinity Valley, TX||7-1||192||2|
|3.||Gulf Coast State, FL||9-0||184||5|
|7.||Shelton State, AL||8-0||152||17|
|8.||Daytona State, FL||8-1||144||NR|
|10.||NW Florida State||9-1||128||6|
|12.||Walters State, TN||10-0||112||11|
|14.||State Fair, MO||12-1||96||13|
|18.||Florida State Jacksonville||8-3||64||NR|
|19.||Collin County, TX||8-2||56||NR|
|22.||ASA New York||6-0||32||15|
|23.||Northeastern Oklahoma A&M||6-3||24||21|
|24.||South Georgia Tech||6-2||16||16|
Other schools receiving votes: Eastern Arizona (6-3); Independence (8-1); McCook, NE (10-1); Tallahassee, FL (8-3).
Dropped from rankings: ^Chipola, FL (1); ^Central Florida (12); Central Arizona (14); ^Wabash Valley, IL (18); Eastern Arizona (19); ^Lake Region State, ND (22); ^Wallace State, AL (24); ^Western Nebraska (25).
^Team not nominated for ranking