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For the first time in history, no Texas team participated in the women’s basketball ballot

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For the first time in the Associated Press’ 47-year history of women’s basketball voting, no Texas team made the top 25.

The Texas Longhorns dropped out of Monday’s poll, ending an 835-week winning streak that included at least one Lone Star State team in the rankings. From Weiland Baptiste, Stephen F. Austin, Baylor, from his first poll in 1976 to his 25th ranking in Texas last week, there has been at least one of his The team was participating in a poll.

“Texas was an oil state, and certainly women’s basketball was rich, too,” said Mel Greenberg, who began the study at the Philadelphia Inquirer in the 1976-77 season. had some great teams in Weiland and Stephen F. Austin, then Jody (Conrad) in Texas and Kim (Malkey) in Baylor continued the tradition.”

Middle Tennessee entered the rankings for the first time in nine years at No. 23. The Blue Raiders (16-2) have won 14 straight games, including a win against Louisville. Last 3 teams undefeated.

The group is led by No. 1 South Carolina (20-0), who had a 26-game winning streak until last season’s NCAA Championship. Once again he was unanimously selected by a national media panel of 28 members, and the Gamecocks ranked at the top of the polls for the 31st straight week. Only UConn (51 weeks vs. his 34 weeks) and Louisiana Tech (36 weeks) have stayed at his #1 spot longer.

Ohio State (19-0) retakes second place behind the Gamecocks into a week that includes games against No. 11 Iowa and No. 6 Indiana.

Stanford finished 3rd in LSU after defeating No. 8 Utah and No. 25 Colorado, who dropped down the order after losing. LSU (19-0) is his fourth and UConn his fifth.

Notre Dame, UCLA and Utah followed the Hoosiers in sixth place. Maryland and Iowa are tied for 10th.

The Blue Raiders are in the A (top 25) for the first time since their final ranking in 2014, when Rick Insel’s team finished 22nd.

“We have a special group,” Insel said. “We were able to beat (Louisville) this year, and it was a big win that showed that we are a very good basketball team.”

Insell credits the team’s reaching the WNIT semi-finals last year as the starting point for its success this season.

“It’s a big thing to be able to get your team out there,” he said. You’ll have a good crowd and that’s the atmosphere you can build.

Florida entered the poll in 24th place, its first ranking since 2021. Oregon has fallen.

Battle of the Lonely Star

Baylor and Texas have held the state flag in the top 25 women for the last 20 years. Every week since December 4, 2000, he had at least one team ranked. State teams have won him six NCAA titles (Baylor has three for him, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Texas have one each). At some point in the last 47 years, at least one team of Baylor, Houston, Lamar, Rice, Stephen F. Austin, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UTEP, and Weyland-Baptiste has was ranked up to .

streaking

Connecticut is ahead of Texas and now owns the longest active run in the state, thanks to the Husky family appearing in its 557th consecutive poll. California has been ranked the longest among states with multiple different teams ranked: for 412 consecutive weeks, Stanford, California, and UCLA all finished in the 2001 preseason poll. of time in the top 25.

top 25

1. South Carolina (28 first place votes) 20-0

2. Ohio St 19-0

3. Stanford 19-2

4.LSU19-0

5.UConn 17-2

6. Indiana 17-1

7. Notre Dame 16-2

8.UCLA 17-3

9. Utah 16-2

10. Iowa 15-4

10. Maryland 16-4

12. Virginia Tech 16-3

13. Michigan 16-3

14. Oklahoma 16-2

15. North Carolina 14-5

16. Duke 17-2

17. Gonzaga 19-2

18. 13-4 Iowa Street

19. Arizona 15-4

20.NC State 15-5

21. Villanova 18-3

22. Illinois 16-4

23. Central Tennessee 16-2

24. Florida Street 18-4

25. Colorado 15-4


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