Doug Self, Sports Information Director
WEATHERFORD – For the first time in the program’s NCAA Division II history dating back to the 1997-98 season, SWOSU Women’s Basketball is ranked in the nation’s top-25 poll in both the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Poll and (WBCA) and the Division II Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA) Polls.
The Lady Bulldogs are a perfect 6-0 this season, tying the best start to a SWOSU Women’s Basketball season since 2010-11. SWOSU is outscoring its opponents by an average of 11.5 points per game, but also sport a 2-0 record in Great American Conference action where the games have been decided by an average of just two possessions. The Lady Dawgs are tied for the 11th best offense in Division II, averaging 84.2 points per game – right behind fellow GAC member Arkansas Tech who scores 85.0 points per game.
The Lady Bulldogs have accrued two out of the season’s first three GAC Player of the Week honors, with Tyra Aska and Hailey Tucker earning one each to begin the year. Aska leads the conference in steals, averaging 4.5 per game while also ranking second on SWOSU in scoring with 16.2 points per game. Tucker, the reigning GAC Player of the Year, currently ranks fourth in the conference in scoring at 19.0 points per game, while also sitting just outside the top-10 in rebounding in 12th. Hayden Priddy rounds out SWOSU’s double figure scorers, averaging 13.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting from the field including a 91.3 percent rate (21-of- 23) from the foul line.
SWOSU already has a victory over a Top 25 team this year, taking down No. 11 Emporia State 88-76 in the season opener at the GAC/MIAA Crossover in Joplin, Missouri. They will take on another ranked opponent on the road next week at No. 8 Lubbock Christian, but first have to battle Arkansas Tech and Harding in league play in the upcoming week of games – both of which who have been nationally ranked within the last year.
Top-25 Polls listed below (as of Nov. 28th)