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Gonzaga women rise to No. 15 in latest AP poll

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And BYU makes an appearance!

NCAA Basketball: Texas Southern at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Baylor Bears are the new No. 1 team in women’s basketball for the first time in almost six years, and the Gonzaga Bulldogs rose to No. 15 on the back of two strong showings last week in the most recent AP Poll.

Women’s AP Poll - Week 13

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Baylor (24) 695 2
2 Connecticut (2) 670 3
3 Louisville (2) 630 4
4 Oregon 606 5
5 Notre Dame 604 1
6 Mississippi State 565 7
7 North Carolina State 541 8
8 Stanford 488 6
9 Oregon State 460 9
10 Marquette 452 10
11 Maryland 427 11
12 Texas 374 12
13 Iowa 338 17
14 Utah 282 21
15 Gonzaga 269 18
16 South Carolina 265 19
17 Rutgers 256 14
18 Syracuse 253 13
19 Kentucky 222 15
20 Texas A&M 142 21
21 Arizona State 127 16
22 Michigan State 109 23
23 Iowa State 106 20
24 Florida State 73 22
25 BYU 47 NR

The Zags rose three spots after two decisive victories last week against San Francisco and Santa Clara. It was bound to be an exciting week in the top 25 after the previously top-ranked Notre Dame squad inexplicably dropped to a very middle of the road North Carolina Tar Heels team, 78-73, on Sunday.

Elsewhere around the poll, Gonzaga fans will take note of the BYU Cougars, who entered the poll at No. 25. Gonzaga owns just two losses on the season—one to Notre Dame and one to BYU. The grudge match is coming up on Feb. 16, and we could likely see two top 25 teams duking it out in Spokane. It is the first time BYU has been ranked since Feb. 2012.