San Antonio – St. Mary’s University’s women’s basketball team remained the top ranked team in the South Central Region and moved up to 21st in the nation in the latest USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches poll this week.

The Rattlers (18-2 overall, 7-0 Heartland Conference) moved up four spots, from last week’s ranking of 25th in the nation, to 21st thanks to pair of wins. St. Mary’s has now won seven straight games, its second longest win streak of the season. Alaska-Anchorage is the top ranked team in the nation with a 20-1 record.

In the NCAA Division II South Central Region Rankings, the Rattlers remained in first place, just ahead of Lone Star Conference (LSC) leader West Texas A&M University and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) leader Emporia State. Again this week the Rattlers are the only team from the Heartland Conference ranked. The LSC has five teams ranked, while the MIAA has four.

St. Mary’s will return to action on Saturday when they travel north to Austin to face Heartland Conference rival St. Edward’s University at 2 p.m. in the first game of a women’s/men’s doubleheader. The Rattlers defeated the Hilltoppers, 65-55, in overtime earlier this season. St. Mary’s has won its last 21 Heartland Conference games.

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