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Despite head-to-head wins, Lady Eagles remain outside Division II top 25

India Matthews considers a shot on the opening day of the NCCAA Invitational in October. Matthews and the Lady Eagles dropped in the voting for the final Division II coaches' poll of the fall season.
India Matthews considers a shot on the opening day of the NCCAA Invitational in October. Matthews and the Lady Eagles dropped in the voting for the final Division II coaches' poll of the fall season.

NEW YORK (Dec. 4, 2013) – Despite head-to-head wins over seven teams ahead of them, Oklahoma Christian fell nine spots in the “also receiving votes” category in the final Golf World/Women’s Golf Coaches Association Division II coaches’ poll of the fall season, released Wednesday.

OC had been 27th in the voting for the poll released in mid-October, but dropped to 36th in the balloting for the current poll.

The only tournament the Lady Eagles competed in during the interim was the National Christian College Athletic Association Invitational in Panama City Beach, Fla., in which they finished third behind Lee (Tenn.) and current No. 14-ranked Dallas Baptist (Texas).

The Lady Eagles own head-to-head wins over three top-25 squads – No. 15 Arkansas Tech, No. 20 Newman (Kan.) and No. 23 Cameron – as well as four teams listed ahead of them in the “also receiving votes” category (Western Washington, Northeastern State, Southwestern Oklahoma State and California State-Monterey Bay).

The top 10 consisted of Lynn (Fla.), Barry (Fla.), Tarleton State (Texas), Florida Tech, St. Edward’s (Texas), Central Oklahoma, Flagler (Fla.), Florida Southern, California Baptist and Saint Leo (Fla.).

St. Edward’s, Dallas Baptist and Newman all are members of the Heartland Conference, as is OC.

The Lady Eagles will open their spring season in the Diffee Ford-Lincoln Invitational on March 3-4 at The Greens Country Club in Oklahoma City.