South Carolina ladies are No. 1 in AP Top 25 for thirty sixth straight week
After per week of upsets that noticed 15 ranked groups lose, South Carolina remained the lone unbeaten faculty.
The Gamecocks ran their streak to 36 consecutive weeks atop The Associated Press Top 25 ladies’s basketball ballot, matching Louisiana Tech for the second-longest run within the historical past of the ballot that dates to 1976.
South Carolina (29-0) completed the common season unbeaten and was again to being a unanimous selection at No. 1 within the nationwide media ballot launched Monday. The Gamecocks solely path UConn (51 weeks) for the longest consecutive streak atop the Top 25.
“There’s definitely no relief” after their flawless common season, South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston mentioned. “Now, we’re into the season where winning is the only option.”
While the Gamecocks received each of their video games final week and enter the SEC event because the No. 1 seed, the rankings bought an enormous reshuffling. The 15 ranked groups shedding at the least one recreation was by far probably the most Top 25 faculties to lose in the identical week this season; 11 had misplaced in the identical week a couple of instances earlier this season.
Indiana, which misplaced on the buzzer to then-No. 6 Iowa on Caitlin Clark’s 3-pointer Sunday, remained No. 2. Utah jumped 5 locations to No. 3 after beating then-No. 3 Stanford to clinch a share of the Pac-12 title. It’s Utah’s greatest rating ever. The Cardinal dropped to sixth.
LSU and Maryland rounded out the highest 5.
Iowa was seventh with Virginia Tech eighth. UConn fell 5 spots to ninth after shedding to St. John’s. Notre Dame was tenth. The Irish misplaced guard Olivia Miles to a knee damage in Sunday’s win over Louisville.
Villanova jumped 4 locations to eleventh. It’s the Wildcats greatest rating because the group completed the 2003 season in the identical spot. Texas made the most important enchancment, climbing seven spots to twelfth.
Most of the Power 5 conferences enter event play this week. The Big 12 event is subsequent week forward of Selection Sunday and the start of March Madness.
South Florida re-entered the Top 25 at No. 25 after successful 15 of its final 16 video games. The Bulls have one convention recreation left, at Cincinnati on Wednesday. South Florida was ranked for 2 weeks earlier this season. Florida State dropped out of the rankings.
Arizona dropped seven locations to No. 21 after shedding at Oregon and Oregon State over the weekend. The Wildcats are 12-3 at house however 7-5 on the highway.
Reporting by The Associated Press.
THE AP TOP 25
1. South Carolina (29-0)
2. Indiana (26-2)
3. Utah (25-3)
4. LSU (27-1)
5. Maryland (24-5)
6. Stanford (27-4)
7. Iowa (23-6)
8. Virginia Tech (24-4)
9. UConn (25-5)
10. Notre Dame (24-4)
11. Villanova (25-5)
12. Texas (22-7)
13. Duke (24-5)
14. Ohio State (23-6)
15. Gonzaga (27-3)
16. Oklahoma (22-5)
17. Michigan (21-8)
18. North Carolina (20-9)
19. UCLA (22-8)
20. Colorado (22-7)
21. Arizona (21-8)
22. UNLV (27-2)
23. Iowa State (18-8)
24. Middle Tennessee (23-4)
25. South Florida (25-5)
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