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AP Top 25: Gonzaga Women Barely Hang On

The Zags fall to No. 25 after their second loss of the season.

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs women’s basketball team fell to No. 25 in the latest AP Poll.

The Zags entered last week as the No. 18 team in the nation, but were taken down by the South Dakota State Jackrabbits on a three-pointer with three seconds left in overtime. That loss largely overshadowed their earlier win in the week, 54-50 over the University of South Dakota.

With the win, the Jackrabbits vaulted the Zags from unranked to No. 22. Elsewhere around the poll, the biggest news is the reorganization of the top five. After South Carolina lost to the North Carolina State, the Stanford Cardinal rose to No. 1. Louisville vaulted Connecticut for the second spot, North Carolina State rose to four, and the Gamecocks settled into fifth place. Four different teams received first-place votes this week.

The Zags have two games this week as they make their way back to Spokane. On Tuesday, Gonzaga will play at the University of Wyoming, and then follow that up against the University of Montana at home on Sunday, the only home game of the non-conference slate.

Here is the full poll:

Women’s AP Poll - Top 25

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Stanford (24) 740 2
2 Louisville (2) 689 5
3 Connecticut (2) 675 3
4 North Carolina State (2) 670 8
5 South Carolina 647 1
6 Arizona 605 7
7 Baylor 552 4
8 Oregon 525 10
9 Kentucky 504 11
10 Texas A&M 463 12
11 UCLA 452 9
12 Mississippi State 413 6
13 Arkansas 409 16
14 Maryland 342 14
15 Indiana 304 13
15 Oregon State 305 17
17 Northwestern 271 15
18 Ohio State 191 19
19 Michigan 170 24
20 Syracuse 169 22
21 Missouri State 162 21
22 South Dakota State 104 NR
23 Texas A&M 69 25
24 DePaul 63 20
25 Gonzaga 62 18
Others receiving votes: South Florida 59, Iowa State 54, North Carolina 38, Arizona State 12, Notre Dame 8, West Virginia 6, Wake Forest 5, Boston College 4, Ohio 4, Georgia 3, Virginia Tech 2