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Lady Eagles on cusp of NCCAA women’s basketball top 10

OC sophomore guard Daisha Gonzaque drives with the basketball during a win over Chaminade last month. Gonzaque and the Lady Eagles are on the cusp of the NCCAA rankings.
OC sophomore guard Daisha Gonzaque drives with the basketball during a win over Chaminade last month. Gonzaque and the Lady Eagles are on the cusp of the NCCAA rankings.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Dec. 18, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian’s challenging early season women’s basketball schedule is paying dividends, at least when it comes to the National Christian College Athletic Association rankings.

The most recent ranking, released Wednesday, had the Lady Eagles just outside the top 10, tied for second in the “others receiving votes” section.

The NCCAA women’s rankings are based entirely on the Burbridge Power Rating, a formula utilized by the NCCAA to seed postseason playoffs. The Burbridge system awards points for wins, playing games away from home, playing opponents with winning records and playing opponents from higher levels of competition.

OC (5-5) entered the week having played nine games – all but one against NCAA Division II competition – with six of those on the road or at neutral sites. Six of OC’s opponents had posted a .500 or better record as of Dec. 3. OC’s Burbridge rating was 7.111.

Lee (Tenn.) was No. 1 with a Burbridge rating of 9.083, followed by Union (Tenn.) at 8.667, Campbellsville (Ky.) at 8.214, Indiana Wesleyan at 8.083, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) at 8.000, Mid-America Christian at 7.778, Hope International (Calif.) at 7.750, Emmanuel (Ga.) at 7.636, Central Baptist (Ark.) at 7.375 and Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) at 7.313.

Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) has a Burbridge rating of 7.188 and Northwestern (Minn.) is tied with OC at 7.111.

Among NCCAA Central Region teams, the Lady Eagles are third behind Mid-America Christian and Central Baptist.