HUTCH WOMEN RETURN TO RANKINGS AT NO. 18

The Blue Dragon Women's Basketball Team returns to the NJCAA Rankings this week at No. 18. (Allie Schweizer/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
The Blue Dragon Women's Basketball Team returns to the NJCAA Rankings this week at No. 18. (Allie Schweizer/Blue Dragon Sports Information)

2018 NJCAA DIVISION I WOMEN'S BASKETBALL RANKINGS

  Record Points Last Poll
1. Shelton State
2. New Mexico
3. Gulf Coast State
4. Northwest Florida State
5. Trinity Valley
6. Tallahassee
7. Salt Lake
8. Jones County
9. Moberly Area
10. Pensacola State
11. Wabash Valley
12. Frank Phillips
13. Seward County
14. South Georgia Tech
15. Collin County
16. Cochise
17. Odessa
18. Hutchinson
19. Western Nebraska
20. Chipola
21. Cowley
22. Florida SouthWestern State
23. Northern Oklahoma Enid
24. San Jacinto-North
25. ASA Brooklyn
19-0
17-0
13-1
16-0
14-1
15-1
15-3
8-2
16-0
16-1
13-1
12-1
13-2
16-3
15-1
13-2
12-4
13-2
15-2
11-4
13-2
16-4
13-1
12-5
13-0
200
190
182
174
166
158
150
142
134
126
118
110
102
94
83
78
70
62
54
48
40
32
24
16
8
2
3
1
5
6
4
8
9
11
10
12
13
15
7
20
RV
17
NR
24
16
18
21
RV
NR
NR
     Others Receiving Votes: Angelina (12-3); Casper (13-2); Eastern Florida State (13-3); Harford (13-1); Northeast (14-1); Snow (14-4).

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

Riding an 11-game winning streak, the Hutchinson Community College women's basketball team made a return to the NJCAA National Rankings on Tuesday.

The Blue Dragons are No. 18 in this week's Division I Women's Rankings. This is the first time in four regular-season rankings that the Dragons are in the Top 25. Hutchinson was No. 12 in the preseason poll, but consecutive road losses in mid-November cost the Dragons their spot in the rankings.

Since then, the Blue Dragons have put together an 11-game winning streak. Within that streak are wins over nationally ranked teams – then No. 21 Florida Southwestern State and No. 18 Cowley. Hutchinson goes into Wednesday's road game at Independence with a 13-2 overall record.

When the Blue Dragons dropped out of the Top 25 earlier this season, that snapped a streak of 89 consecutive times in the national rankings. Hutchinson had appeared in 101 of 104 national rankings before dropping out in December.

The Dragons are one of three Jayhawk Conference teams to appear in this week's rankings. Seward County (13-2) is No. 13, then Hutchinson at No. 18 and Cowley at No. 21. Cowley fell three spots after the loss last Wednesday to the Blue Dragons.

Florida Southwestern State, which Hutch defeated 60-56 on December 30 in Fort Myers, Florida, is No. 22.

Shelton State takes over as the new No. 1 team in the country. Gulf Coast State drops two spots to No. 3.