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Gonzaga Drops to No. 21 After Loss to BYU

The Zags take a tumble.

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After weeks of steadily climbing the ranks of the AP Top 25, the Gonzaga Bulldogs took a tumble following a loss to the BYU Cougars last week.

After opening the season with two losses in their first three games, the Zags rattled off 16-straight wins, usually by double-digits, before dropping one at Provo to the Cougars. The Zags now have three losses on the season by an average of five points.

Gonzaga rebounded with a more standard win over San Diego, 69-47. However, with only games remaining against Pepperdine and LMU before the WCC Tournament, the Zags will most likely enter the NCAA Tournament ranked in the low teens, at best.

It is a disappointment, but the AP number is just a number. What matters most is that the defense and offense is ready to make a run in the NCAA Tournament. The Zags demonstrated in their first game of the season against the then No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks that they can hang with anyone.

Here is the full AP Poll for the week.

Women’s AP Poll - Week 14

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 UConn (28) 748 1
2 NC State 685 4
3 Texas A&M (1) 684 5
4 Stanford (1) 660 6
5 South Carolina 638 2
6 Louisville 599 3
7 Baylor 588 7
8 Maryland 539 9
9 Arizona 522 10
10 UCLA 459 8
11 Indiana 425 14
12 Michigan 415 11
13 South Florida 398 12
14 Oregon 294 13
15 Ohio State 287 15
16 Akransas 276 18
17 Georgia 257 22
18 West Virginia 244 19
19 Kentucky 231 17
20 Tennessee 206 21
21 Gonzaga 186 16
22 South Dakota State 125 23
23 Missouri State 93 25
24 DePaul 85 19
25 Rutgers 50 NR
Others receiving votes: Oklahoma St. 16, Northwestern 11, Florida Gulf Coast 8, Stephen F Austin 6, Virginia Tech 5, South Dakota 3, Georgia Tech 3, BYU 3, Marquette 1.