WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM THIRD IN OPENING CANADA WEST RPI RANKINGS

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM THIRD IN OPENING CANADA WEST RPI RANKINGS

LANGLEY, B.C. – Following a program-best 8-2 start to the season, the Trinity Western women’s basketball team is third in the first unveiling of the Canada West RPI (ratings performance index) rankings.

The Spartans, who are riding an unprecedented streak of success into the Christmas break, trail only Saskatchewan and Regina in the CW RPI.

Now in its second season, the CW RPI is used to seed playoff teams, while win/loss record is again being used to determine playoff qualification (top 12 teams qualify). The CW RPI was implemented last season to account for varying strengths of schedules, resulting from the conference's unbalanced schedule.

While TWU currently has the fourth best record in Canada West, the Spartans sit third in the RPI, bettering Lethbridge (10-2) based on strength of schedule. The Spartans men’s basketball team is 17th in the CW RPI.

After one season utilizing RPI, the formula used to calculate the rankings was tweaked during the off-season following review by Canada West's sport committee. The new formula, listed below, increased the value of a team's win/loss record, while reducing the value assigned for away wins and increasing the value for home wins.

2017-18 RPI formula
The formula used in 2016-17 was as follows:
RPI = 25% team winning percentage (WP) x 1.2 away win + 0.8 home win, 50% opponents' average winning percentage (OWP), and 25% opponents' opponent's average winning percentage (OOWP).

The formula being used in 2017-18, with changes from last season in bold, is as follows:
RPI = 35% team winning percentage (WP) x 1.1 away win + 0.9 home win, 40% opponents' average winning percentage (OWP), and 25% opponents' opponent's average winning percentage (OOWP).

CW women’s basketball RPI (as of Dec. 4)
1. Saskatchewan - 0.7042
2. Regina - 0.6541
3. Trinity Western - 0.6031
4. Lethbridge - 0.6022
5. Calgary - 0.6010
6. Victoria - 0.5519
7. Alberta - 0.5379
8. Winnipeg - 0.5136
9. Thompson Rivers - 0.4966
10. UNBC - 0.4725
11. UBC - 0.4709
12. Manitoba - 0.4555
13. Brandon - 0.4476
14. MacEwan - 0.4369
15. UFV - 0.4009
16. Mount Royal - 0.2996
17. UBC Okanagan - 0.2717

CW men’s basketball RPI (as of Dec. 4)
1. Calgary - 0.6691
2. Regina - 0.6364
3. Lethbridge - 0.6352
4. UBC - 0.6202
5. Brandon - 0.5980
6. Alberta - 0.5608
7. Manitoba - 0.5433
8. Victoria - 0.4990
9. Mount Royal - 0.4877
10. UFV - 0.4624
11. UNBC - 0.4376
12. Winnipeg - 0.4342
13. Saskatchewan - 0.4252
14. Thompson Rivers - 0.4138
15. UBC Okanagan - 0.3754
16. MacEwan - 0.3685
17. Trinity Western - 0.3404

About Canada West:
Canada West (CW) is the leading university athletic conference in the country and is home to champion student-athletes that excel in the classroom and their communities. Canada West and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.

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