MOUNT CARMEL -- There are often bumps in the road over the course of a basketball season. Whether it be just an off night shooting, an injury, or an upstart opposition shooting it lights out.
Wabash Valley College women's basketball has endured all of which throughout the course of the season. The Lady Warriors have raced out to a 24-0 start and sit as one of two teams in the country without a loss.
The NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee recognized the Lady Warriors' early season dominance by ranking Wabash Valley No. 1 in the latest poll released on Wednesday. It's the first time in the history of the program that Wabash Valley's women's basketball team has earned the distinction.
Previously No. 1 South Plains and No. 2 Trinity Valley each suffered three-point losses this past week, allowing the Lady Warriors to seize the No. 1 spot. South Plains fell to No. 4 and Trinity Valley was slotted at No. 5 in the latest poll.
Seward County out of Kan. rose from sixth to No. 2 in the latest poll, followed by a familiar foe, Gulf Coast State, who rose from seventh to No. 3.
WVC's had a truly dominating season, defeating their foes by an average margin of 41.3 per game. They most recently faced Lake Land for the second time this season and held off the Lady Lakers in a 75-69 victory at Wabash Valley College on Feb. 16.
The Lady Warriors still have unfinished business, however with the postseason approaching. The ranking is a nice recognition of their success thus far though and a new height for the program.
"We're proud of the hard work that our ladies have done all year long and we look forward to finishing the season strong." Trosper spoke of the new ranking.
Now as the newly anointed No. 1 team, Wabash Valley will travel to face Olney Central on Feb. 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by a trip to Lincoln trail on Saturday (Feb. 23) beginning at 5:30 p.m. It'll be interesting to see how the Lady Warriors handle the pressure affiliated with their ranking going forward.
Thanks to Mt. Carmel Register