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AP Top 25 Poll: Gonzaga Women Rise Despite Loss

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The epitome of a “good loss.”

NCAA Womens Basketball: SEC Conference Tournament-Mississippi State vs South Carolina Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs women’s basketball team rose three spots in the latest AP Poll to No. 18 despite owning a 0-1 record on the season. That one loss, however, was at the hands of the No. 1 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks, and it was much closer than probably most expected.

The Bulldogs led South Carolina in the fourth quarter before a 14-6 run by the Gamecocks resulted in a 79-72 win over Gonzaga. For the AP voters, that display was enough to warrant a rise in the rankings.

The Zags opened the season ranked No. 21, the highest preseason ranking in school history. The expectations are clearly established, but there are only so many teams one can lose to and rise up in the polls.

Gonzaga has two more nearly ranked opponents on the non-conference slate. The Zags face off against Sough Dakota today and play South Dakota State this weekend.

Here is the full top 25 for women’s basketball.

Women’s AP Poll - Week 2

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 South Carolina (29) 749 1
2 Stanford (1) 704 2
3 Connecticut 689 3
4 Baylor 665 4
5 Louisville 607 5
6 Mississippi State 586 6
7 Arizona 566 7
8 North Carolina State 564 8
9 UCLA 494 9
10 Oregon 477 10
11 Kentucky 466 11
12 Texas A&M 412 13
13 Indiana 342 16
14 Maryland 327 12
15 Northwestern 289 17
16 Arkansas 265 14
17 Oregon State 256 18
18 Gonzaga 193 21
19 Ohio State 189 20
20 DePaul 187 19
21 Missouri State 153 24
22 Syracuse 142 23
23 Iowa State 128 15
24 Michigan 110 25
25 Texas 65 NR
Others receiving votes: South Dakota State 31, North Carolina 24, South Dakota 20, Notre Dame 20, Arizona State 10, Wake Forest 9, Ohio 6, South Florida 1, Boston College 1, Tennessee 1, Rutgers 1, Duke 1