5-17-2011 ASU Tops NFCA Poll

Arizona State Tops Final USA Today/NFCA Division I Top Poll of 2011 Regular Season
 May 17, 2011

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Less than 48 hours after being named as the No. 1 seed in the 2011 NCAA Championship, Arizona State further proved it is the team to beat by topping the final regular-season USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll of 2011.  The Sun Devils (50-6) have now topped the rankings for four weeks in a row and five weeks total this season.  After winning its final Pac-10 series of the season against then 13th-ranked Stanford and the Pac-10 crown, Arizona State received 29 of the 30 first-place votes in this week’s poll.  Following the Sun Devils this week was Michigan (35-3), who clinched the Big 10 title and received the only other first-place vote. 

Despite early exits from the SEC tournament, Florida (47-9) and Alabama (46-8) each held tight at third and fourth, respectively, in the latest rankings.  The only change to the front end of the poll this week came at fifth where SEC champions Tennessee (47-10) jumped up two spots two round out the top five.

 For the fourth consecutive week no team entered or exited the poll.  Big East champions Syracuse (44-11) came the closes to cracking the rankings this week with 15 points, but still finished 38 points behind No. 25 and Sun Belt tournament winners Louisiana-Lafayette (49-9). 

The final USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll of this season will be released on Monday, June 13, following the conclusion of the 2011 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 30 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Records as of May 15, 2011 are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

Rank Team Record Totals Last Poll
1 Arizona State (29) 50-6 749 1
2 Michigan (1) 51-4 706 2
3 Florida 47-9 657 3
4 Alabama 46-8 650 4
5 Tennessee 47-10 616 7
6 Texas 45-8 608 5
7 California 39-10 602 6
8 Missouri 46-7 541 9
9 Georgia 47-12 527 8
10 Arizona 40-16 474 10
11 Stanford 38-15 444 11
12 Oregon 39-14 396 14
13 Oklahoma 38-16 388 13
14 UCLA 33-17 357 12
15 Washington 34-14 328 15
16 Nebraska 39-12 306 16
17 Baylor 40-12 293 17
18 Texas A&M 41-13 247 18
19 Georgia Tech 44-10 172 19
20 LSU 38-16 159 21
21 Auburn 39-17 140 23
22 Oklahoma State 39-12 126 20
23 Kentucky 36-14 106 22
24 Notre Dame 45-9 66 24
25 Louisiana-Lafayette 49-9 53 25

Dropped Out: None

Others Receiving Votes: Syracuse 15, Indiana 7, Pacific (CA) 7, Tulsa 4, East Carolina 2, New Mexico St 2, BYU 1, Texas Tech 1

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