Michigan Tech women still ranked No. 18 in the country

Michigan Tech’s Brenna Heise drives against Minnesota Duluth’s Ayo Porte, Nov. 20, 2017 at the Wood Gym. (David Archambeau/Daily Mining Gazette)

LILBURN, Ga. — The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team remains at the No. 18 spot in the latest Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The Huskies were ranked No. 21 in the preseason poll, moved up to No. 10 in the first regular-season rankings and now have held the No. 18 ranking each of the last two weeks.

The Huskies went 2-0 last week and bumped their overall record to 8-1 through the first nine games of the 2017-18 campaign. Michigan Tech tipped off the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule with a pair of victories at home against Saginaw Valley State (59-37) on Thursday and Northwood (81-54) on Saturday.

Michigan Tech earned 194 points in the poll and continue to be one of two GLIAC teams ranked in the top 25. Ashland was also unbeaten last week and remains in the No. 1 spot with 600 points and all 24 first-place votes. Grand Valley State, whom the Huskies will face on Thursday, is just outside the top 25 this week as the top team in the receiving votes category.

Michigan Tech will be back on the road this week for two more conference games at Grand Valley State on Thursday and Purdue Northwest on Saturday. Thursday’s tip-off against the Lakers is slated for 8 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. EST start time against Purdue Northwest on Saturday.