Hutchinson CC tops national hoops poll

COURTESY: Hutchinson CC Sports Information

One of only two remaining undefeated teams in NJCAA Women’s Division I basketball; the Hutchinson Blue Dragons are the new No. 1 team in Thursday’s latest women’s poll.Now 20-0 after an 85-34 victory over Pratt on Wednesday, Hutchinson climbed to the top spot after previous No. 1 Chipola was defeated by Northwest Florida State College last Saturday. Two other undefeated teams also fell last week – No. 4 Iowa Western lost to Division II Marshalltown and No. 22 Western Nebraska also lost.Hutchinson is the No. 1 team in the NJCAA poll for the first time in two seasons and for only the second time in program history. The 2012-13 Blue Dragons spent five weeks at No. 1 before losing an overtime game at Garden City. That HCC team finished 36-1 and third in the NJCAA Tournament.For head coach John Ontjes, this will be his third time at No. 1 as a Blue Dragon, twice as a coach and once as a player. In his freshman season playing for the Blue Dragon men in 1992, Hutchinson spent one week in the No. 1 spot in the men’s poll.Hutchinson made its 51st consecutive poll where it has been ranked in the Top 10 and 17th straight poll as a Top 3 team. The Blue Dragons have appeared in 58 straight and 70 of the last 73 polls.

Seward County is the only other team in this week’s NJCAA poll.

NJCAA DIVISION I WOMEN’S POLL                Record        Pts.    Last Poll

  1. Hutchinson CC (8)                                           20-0          200           2
2. Trinity Valley CC                                                16-1          192           3
3. Chipola College                                               19-1          184           1
4. Northwest Florida State College                   18-1          176           5
5. Eastern Arizona College                                 17-1          168           7
6. Seward County CC                                          17-1          160           8
7. New Mexico Junior College                           18-1           152           9
8. Iowa Western CC                                            20-1           144           4
9. Odessa College                                              18-3           136           6
10. Walters State CC                                             18-2          128          11
11. Salt Lake CC                                                    18-4           120         12
12. Tallahassee CC                                              18-4           112         10
13. Tyler Junior College                                        17-1          104          14
14. Shelton State CC                                             19-1            96          16
15. Florida State College at Jacksonville          15-5            88          13
16. San Jacinto College                                       15-4             80          15
17. State Fair CC                                                    13-5            72          17
18. Mineral Area College                                      18-2            64           23
19. College of Central Florida                             17-4             56          24
20. Gulf Coast State College                               14-5             48          20
21. Snow College                                                  17-3             40         NR
22. Northern Oklahoma College-Enid               16-2            32          18
23. Wabash Valley College                                  13-5            24          25
24. Gadsden State CC                                          17-2            16          RV
25. Western Nebraska CC                                   16-1               8         22
Others receiving votes: Wallace State CC (17-2); North Idaho College (15-6); Copiah-Lincoln CC 13-0; Vincennes University (17-2); Central Arizona College (13-4); Northeastern Junior College (17-3); Darton State College (18-3). – See more at: http://www.bluedragonsports.com/news/101836#sthash.75fHfcCh.dpuf

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