Arizona St. women up to No. 19 in AP poll
Despite a split of last week’s games, the Arizona State women gained a spot in the latest Associated Press women’s college basketball poll to No. 19.
The Sun Devils (7-4 Pac-12, 16-7 overall) lost to Washington State and topped Washington last weekend but weren’t punished in the standings. They have a chance to right the ship after losing two of their last four games with this weekend’s trip to the Rocky Mountain schools, playing at Colorado today and at Utah on Saturday. The Utes were the first team receiving votes in this week’s poll.
Oregon received three first-place votes in the rankings, remaining in third place overall behind No. 1 Baylor and No. 2 Louisville. UConn moved up to fourth and Mississippi State fifth. Notre Dame, Maryland, Marquette, Oregon State and Stanford round out the top 10.
When Washington lost at Arizona State last weekend it cost the Pac-12 a shot at getting a team ranked in the men’s poll. The conference hasn’t had a team ranked in the poll for seven weeks and may not for the rest of the season with Washington nearly falling out of the voting.
Tennessee remains the top ranked team with Duke second after beating then. No. 3 Virginia soundly last week. The Cavaliers slid back to No. 4 with Gonzaga back up to third and Kentucky in fifth. Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Houston and Marquette round out the top 10.