PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences women's basketball team moved up in both the D2SIDA Women's Basketball Week 1 Media National Poll as well the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, reaching a program-recorded No. 12 in the former.
Notably, the Devils also remained at No. 2 in the D2SIDA Women's Basketball Media East Region Poll.
A year after receiving its first-ever national ranking, USciences was ranked in both national preseason polls released three weeks ago. The Devils set a new program-record with a No. 16 ranking in the D2SIDA Women's Basketball Preseason Media National Poll and came in at No. 23 in the WBCA NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 Coaches' Poll.
In the first rankings released by each organization since, University of the Sciences moved four positions in the D2SIDA Poll and five spots to No. 18 in the WBCA Coaches' Poll, joining Bentley as the only other team from the East Region represented in both rankings.
Ashland and Alaska Anchorage were No. 1 and No. 2 in both polls, with Ashland receiving all 39 of the first-place votes. Bentley was the only other team ranked in the top-five in both polls, with Indiana (PA), Rollins, California (PA) and West Texas A&M also featuring in one of the two.
Bentley remained No. 1 in the D2SIDA East Region Poll, garnering five of the six top-votes. Behind USciences in a tie for third were Caldwell and St. Thomas Aquinas, the latter of who received the lone other first-place vote. Fellow Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) member Jefferson entered the top-five after not being ranked in the preseason poll.
University of the Sciences has begun its year with 3-0, with victories over Southern New Hampshire, Le Moyne and Bloomsburg. Jordan Vitelli was named the first CACC Player of the Week of the season, while Alex Thomas earned a spot on the CACC Honor Roll on Monday.
University of the Sciences returns to the court for the first time in nearly two weeks next Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. for its first road contest of the year at Adelphi, who received votes in the regional poll.