Pioneers slip to sixth in D2SIDA Southeast Region poll

Pioneers slip to sixth in D2SIDA Southeast Region poll

DURANGO, Colo. --- Despite two road wins last week, the Tusculum women's basketball team dropped one spot to sixth in the latest D2SIDA Southeast Region poll, through games of January 7.

The Pioneers defeated Mars Hill 98-68 on Wednesday and Lenoir-Rhyne 71-56 on Saturday to improve to 10-3 overall and 5-2 in the South Atlantic Conference, good for a three-way tie for second place in the league with Wingate and Catawba. The Pioneers received the same amount of points (30) in this week's poll as in last week's poll, when Tusculum was tied for fifth with Anderson.

Carson-Newman (15-0) again collected all six first-place votes to hold down the top spot in the survey, followed by Lander (11-2). North Georgia (10-2) leaped five spots from eighth to third following wins over Columbus State and USC Aiken, with Wingate (11-3) maintaining fourth place despite a loss to Anderson on Saturday. Limestone (11-3), which also lost a game last week, dropped two positions from third to fifth.

Following Tusculum in the rankings are Anderson (10-5), Flagler (7-3), Belmont Abbey (10-4) and Francis Marion (8-3), which entered the top 10 following wins over USC Aiken and Clayton State.

The Pioneers will face Carson-Newman on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at Pioneer Arena, followed by a home game with Newberry on Saturday at 2 p.m.