INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The University of Alabama in Huntsville women's basketball team moved up two spots to No. 3 in the second edition of the South Regional rankings, as released by the NCAA on Sunday. At the conclusion of the regular season and conference tournaments, the rankings will be used to seed the NCAA South Regional portion of the national tournament.
Only games against Division II opponents are considered for the purpose of the rankings.
The top eight in the regional rankings advance to the NCAA tournament, though it is possible for less to qualify if a team outside of the top eight wins an automatic berth. The automatic berths are granted to the champions of the three conference tournaments in the South Region – the Gulf South Conference, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Sunshine State Conference.
Rollins retained its position atop the rankings despite going 1-1 on the week, now with an overall record of 20-4 and region record of 14-4. Florida Southern (19-5, 18-5) holds firm at No. 2 while UAH (16-4, 15-3) jumped up to No. 3 in the poll.
Delta State (16-5, 16-5) dropped from third to fourth, while Fort Valley State (19-6, 19-6) moved up two places to No. 5. Rounding out the top eight is Valdosta State (18-6, 18-6), Florida Tech (14-8, 11-8) and Barry (15-7, 13-6).
The Lady Chargers moved up in the rankings after knocking off Delta State last week before grabbing another victory on the road at Christian Brothers. Of the teams represented in the top eight, UAH has split with DSU and VSU this season while falling to Florida Southern on the road.