Top 10 shakeup in AP women’s basketball poll
It was a rough week to be a top 10 team.
While the top three women’s teams — South Carolina, Notre Dame and Connecticut — all were unscathed, five of the other seven teams in the first 10 lost games, causing a shuffling in The Associated Press basketball poll Monday.
This is the first time since 1999 that five teams in the top 10 lost in the same week this early in the season, according to STATS. Tennessee, Stanford, Duke, Kentucky and Maryland all dropped games. The Lady Vols lost twice, falling 10 spots to No. 14.
“It definitely seems like there have been a bunch of upsets so far,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. “It’s good for our game. It gets people talking about it.”
Notre Dame, Connecticut, Texas and Texas A&M round out the first five.
Some notes from this week’s poll:
FREE-FALLING TENNESSEE: The Lady Vols lost to Chattanooga and No. 4 Texas. It’s a rare occurrence for Tennessee to drop two straight games in November. Tennessee’s plunge of 10 ranking spots is the school’s biggest one-week decline. The Lady Vols, who hadn’t lost consecutive games since 2012, will try and end the skid Wednesday against Saint Francis, Pennsylvania.
SINKING TERRAPINS: Maryland’s loss to Washington State in the San Juan Shootout dropped the team five spots to 15th — the school’s lowest ranking since the final poll of 2011 when the Terrapins were 16th. Maryland has a chance to quickly jump back up with a game against No. 2 Notre Dame on Wednesday in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
STILL TIED UP: For the fourth straight week there was a tie in the poll. The preseason poll had two teams at No. 24. Week 1 had a three-way tie for No. 24. Last week there was a three-way tie at No. 22 with Georgia, Syracuse and West Virginia sharing the honors. Now Arkansas and DePaul are both No. 25.
UPCOMING MATCHUPS: Lots of big games on tap. No. 2 Notre Dame hosts both Maryland and No. 3 UConn. No. 6 North Carolina visits No. 18 Rutgers on Thursday, only the second time Hall of Fame coaches C. Vivian Stringer and Sylvia Hatchell have met. No. 13 Kentucky visits No. 7 Louisville on Sunday and No. 1 South Carolina plays at No. 9 Duke the same day.
The game at Duke is South Carolina’s last against a ranked team until most likely a showdown with Kentucky on Jan. 11.
REACHING THE TOP 25: First-year coach Jimmy Dykes has Arkansas back in the Top 25 for the first time since Dec. 31, 2012. The Razorbacks won the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas over the weekend.
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