Thanks in part to a program-record 11th-straight victory to start a season Sunday, the Fort Hays State women's basketball team continued its climb up the national rankings this week. The Tigers are now fifth in the WBCA Division II Coaches Poll while they sit in third in the D2SIDA Media Poll, up one spot in each poll from the pre-holiday break rankings. It is the first time the Tigers have been in the top five in the national coaches poll since February 9, 2016 (5th).
The Tigers moved up a spot in both polls after a loss for Bentley University left nine undefeated teams in Division II. The Tigers once again received a first-place vote in the coaches poll, as they were one of three programs listed atop at least one ballot (No. 1 Union-20 1st place votes, No. 2 Indiana-2).
Fort Hays State is the top of three MIAA programs recognized in this week's Coaches Poll and is one of two league schools in the media rendition. This week's opponent, Central Missouri, sits 15th in the coaches standings and 23rd in the media poll while Emporia State is 23rd in the Coaches Poll.
This is the 13th weekly coaches poll in which the Tigers have been ranked in the top five in the nation and the fourth time they have been ranked fifth. FHSU has spent two weeks ranked No. 1 in the nation, one week at No. 2, four weeks at No. 3 and two weeks at No. 4. The Tigers hold a 5-1 record as the fifth-ranked team in the national coaches poll.
The Tigers are now 62-22 all-time while ranked, including a 58-21 mark under head coach Tony Hobson. With Thursday's trip to Warrensburg looming, the Tigers are 7-11 against ranked opponents while ranked themselves under Hobson.