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Gonzaga Women Fall One Spot to No. 12 in Latest AP Poll

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Only one game on the week will do that.

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs women’s basketball team fell one spot in the latest AP Top 25 poll to No. 12 in the nation.

Northwestern rose three spots from No. 14, jumping up above the Zags to claim the No. 11 spot. It is a tight race, with only three spots separating the two schools.

Either way, it is a good example of the bias that exists towards the smaller schools in the realm of national voters. Certainly, the Bulldogs didn’t have a strong week (they played one game, a win over the Portland Pilots), but it isn’t like Northwestern dropped a couple of powerhouses.

In moving up three spots, the Wildcats defeated Ohio State on the road (a good team: 10-7 in conference) and Illinois at home. Illinois, for the record, is currently 2-16 in conference play.

So it might just be a minor quibble, and yes, the rankings don’t mean anything, however, the Zags are (or at least were) on the edge of cracking into the top 10 for the first time in school history. Now, it looks like that’ll have to wait for a bit.

Here is the AP top 25 for Week 18.

Women’s AP Top 25 - Week 18

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 South Carolina (27) 747 1
2 Baylor (2) 713 2
3 Oregon (1) 700 3
4 Louisville 641 5
5 UConn 618 6
6 Maryland 615 7
7 Stanford 550 4
8 UCLA 541 9
9 Mississippi State 489 10
10 NC State 459 8
11 Northwestern 450 14
12 Gonzaga 447 11
13 Arizona 372 13
14 Oregon State 331 17
15 Texas A&M 293 12
16 Kentucky 259 15
17 South Dakota 254 20
18 DePaul 247 16
19 Iowa 232 18
20 Indiana 211 22
21 Princeton 153 23
22 Florida State 142 19
23 Missouri State 104 21
24 Arizona State 75 24
25 Arkansas 44 NR
Others receiving votes: Duke 16, Rutgers 10, Old Dominion 7, Central Michigan 7, TCU 6, Virginia Tech 4, Marquette 4, Texas 2, James Madison 2, Tennessee 2, LSU 2, Florida Gulf Coast 1