The Week 2 AP Polls for Women's Basketball were released today and while the Gonzaga Bulldogs remain unranked, they unfortunately are no longer picking up any votes to be in the poll. I'm not terribly surprised by this "drop" as they did fall to Wazzu, but also disappointed given that the game was on the road, went to overtime, and we defeated two good mid-major teams in Montana and Toledo. Oh well, no use crying over something that really doesn't mean much at this stage in the year. That being said, there was a lot of movement in this week's poll compared to the preseason rankings (Mark Few's words are ringing in my head), which may have contributed to the Zags not receiving any votes.
With regards to Gonzaga, some relevant rankings include:
- Washington State holding their #24 rank (which remains their highest ever ranking)
- Alabama remaining unranked and without additional votes
- Louisville dropping two spots to #19 despite wins against Cincinnati and DePaul
- Stanford jumping nine spots to #5 with a dominant win against then-ranked #9 Indiana 96-64
- Arizona remaining unranked, but receiving a single vote for the Top 25
- The Pac-12 again looks to be one of the stronger conferences in the nation with 6 teams being ranked including four of the top 6, five of the top 10, and six within the top 25. Big ups to Gonzaga for scheduling aggressively and getting four of these teams.
- South Carolina jumps to #1 after beating then-ranked #10 Notre Dame (100-71) and then-ranked #14 Maryland (114-76). Wow, great opening to the season for them. I'm a bit surprised Iowa took as many votes from them as they did given the Gamecocks Week 1 performances.
- Previous #1, LSU, fell six spots to #7 after suffering a loss to Colorado who made the largest jump in the polls from #20 to #5. In the Hall of Fame Classic held in Las Vegas, the Buffs took away an impressive 92-78 victory, although looking at the game trend, it could have been worse for the Tigers.
- UConn lost on the road in Raleigh against then unranked NC State who jumped 14 spots to burst into the AP Top 25. As a result, the Huskies dropped six spots to #8, which seems about right and I'm glad they weren't punished more severely for scheduling a tough team on the road.
- The biggest drop this week goes to Ole Miss as they fell from #12 to #23 with their 10-point loss at home to previously unranked Oklahoma (now #25).