Courtesy of Oglethorpe Athletics
ATLANTA (March 22, 2019) - The Oglethorpe women's basketball team tied for 23 in the final Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) poll of the 2018-19 season, released this week by the organization.
It marked the second time this season that the Stormy Petrels earned a spot in the WBCA Division III poll.
The Petrels reentered the poll tied with Illinois Wesleyan for 23rd, marking their high water mark for 2018-19 after briefly tying for 25th in the Jan. 29 poll. It also marked the program's best ranking since finishing the 2008-09 season tied for eighth in the WBCA poll.
The squad finished the season 23-7 and earned an NCAA tournament at-large spot. The Petrels defeated No. 23 Chicago 57-51 in the first round on March 1, advancing to the second round of the national tournament for the first time since 2008-09. The 23 wins also served as the most for the program since accruing 27 in 2008-09.
National champion Thomas More earned the top spot and garnered all eight first-place votes, while national runner-up Bowdoin came in second. National semifinalists St. Thomas (Minnesota) and Scranton came in at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, while Tufts rounded out the top five. Among teams the Petrels played over the course of the season, Mary Hardin-Baylor finished No. 12, Hope No. 14, and Transylvania tied for No. 17. Chicago and Emory received votes but did not crack the top 25.
The Petrels also received the second-most votes of any team not to finish in the top 25 of the final D3hoops.com poll. The other of the two major Division III women's basketball polls are voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, sports information directors, and media members. A panel of eight coaches voted for the WBCA poll.