Winthrop Women Break Into Mid-Major Top 25 Rankings This Week For First Time

Posted December 5, 2013 12:47 pm | Filed under Featured, Sports, Winthrop Athletics, Winthrop Basketball

ROCK HILL, SC–The Winthrop women’s basketball team has accomplished another first in the program’s history by breaking into this week’s Mid-Major Top 25 rankings.

Coach Kevin Cook’s Eagles moved into the top 25 this week after receiving votes the two previous weeks. Winthrop is tied for 24th place with Quinnipiac.

The Eagles are 5-2 and were able to move into the rankings despite a 1-2 record last week. The losses came against Charlotte (63-60) on the road and UT Martin (79-74) in the first game of the RMU Thanksgiving Classic. Winthrop had the lead at halftime in both of those games. The win last week was over tournament host Robert Morris (72-63). Despite falling to UTM, the Eagles actually took the spot held by the Skyhawks in last week’s poll as Martin slipped out of the top 25 rankings.

“I am happy for the players and happy for the program. It is nice to be recognized by your peers,” said Cook, who is now in his second year as the Winthrop head coach with a 26-14 record. “We will continue to try and improve and get better, but again this is a tribute to our players’ hard work.”

The voting panel for the poll consists of a head coach representative from each of the 31 mid-major conferences.

Winthrop does not play again until Dec. 14 when it travels to High Point to open Big South Conference play at 2:00 p.m.. Following that game, the Eagles will meet nationally ranked South Carolina in Columbia on Dec. 20 at 12 noon before taking a Christmas break until returning home on Dec. 28 and Dec. 30 to face Presbyterian College and Charleston Southern.