Tarleton State's women's basketball team jumped three spots to No. 19 in the nation in this week's USA Today Sports Division II Women's Coaches Poll. The TexAnns are just three spots away from their best ranking since joining the NCAA.
Tarleton's women are 7-1 and riding a four-game win streak during which they outscored opponents by an average of 37 points. The TexAnns are 4-0 against South Central Region foes.
Tarleton's highest ranking of No. 16 came on Feb. 22, 2011.
The TexAnns most recently defeated Cedarvile (Ohio) 77-59 Tuesday. They led by as many as 31 points before emptying the bench.
No. 10 West Texas A&M is the only other Lone Star Conference women's team in the top 25.
The women are on Christmas break and return to action on Jan. 4 when they host Texas College in a 7 p.m. game at Wisdom Gym.
The top 15 spots were left unchanged in this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II men's poll. That means the Texans are still No. 11.
Tarleton is in the poll for the 73rd time since making its debut on Dec. 17, 2002. The Texans have been in the top 15 in 57 of those polls.
The Texans are one of three LSC teams in the top 25, joining No. 19 Midwestern State and No. 22 Angelo State.
Tarleton faces Central Washington and Western Washington Saturday and Sunday in the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic in Las Vegas.