Arizona State women slide to No. 21 in new AP poll
TEMPE — An unexpected loss to UCLA cost the Arizona State women’s basketball team a few spots in the rankings when the newest Associated Press women’s college basketball poll was released on Monday.
The Sun Devils, who came off a big win against No. 9 Oregon State in their previous game, were clipped by the Bruins 61-59 on Friday in Tempe in the most confusing loss of the season.
ASU’s previous losses came at rival Arizona and to powerhouse programs in tight battles with No. 1 Baylor, No. 3 Louisville, No. 4 Oregon and No. 8 Stanford.
While out of form, the voters didn’t seem to punish ASU too harshly for the loss, dropping the Sun Devils just five places to No. 21.
ASU will have a chance to avenge one of those losses with a home contest against Arizona on Friday. The Wildcats stymied ASU’s offense in the first meeting, winning 51-39 behind a big performance from star guard Aari McDonald.
Baylor assumed the top spot in the standings this week, replacing Notre Dame, who fell to No. 5 after the losing at unranked North Carolina. UConn, Louisville and Oregon round out the top five with Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Stanford, Oregon State and Marquette in the top 10.
The Pac-12 was shut out of the men’s poll for the fifth-straight week, though league frontrunner Washington is starting to gain traction, now the third team outside of the rankings.
The top six teams in the men’s poll remained unchanged, with Tennessee maintaining its top ranking and Duke sitting at No. 2, followed by Virginia, Gonzaga, Michigan and Michigan State.
Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina and Marquette round out the top 10.