The Lewis University women's basketball team has jumped to No. 24 in the USA TODAY Division II Top-25 Coaches Poll, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced on Tuesday (Feb. 5).
This the first time the Flyers have been ranked since the 2006-07 season. That squad entered the rankings at No. 16 in the Jan. 9, 2007 poll.
The Flyers, who are currently 16-3 on the season, are off to their best start since the aforementioned 2006-07 squad went 17-2.
“The reason we have been able to break into the Top-25 is our consistency since the beginning of the year,” Lewis head women's basketball coach Lisa Carlsen said. “What is important, is that we continue to approach and prepare for one game at a time.”
Lewis is led by current Great Lakes Valley Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week sophomore forward Jess Reinhart (Normal, Ill./Bloomington Central Catholic), who is averaging 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season. Seniors Sam Rinehart (Marion, Iowa/Marion) and Labrenthia Murdock (Round Lake, Ill./Round Lake) are also averaging 11.5 and 11.2 points-per-game, respectively.
Lewis heads on the road to Evansville, Ind., to take on Southern Indiana on Thursday (Feb. 7) at 5:15 PM. The Flyers beat the Eagles at Neil Carey Arena on Saturday, Jan. 26th.
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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