The women’s college basketball season is rapidly approaching March Madness with conference tournaments kicking off as February comes to an end. With the latest week of action from the new season under our belts, the Associated Press announced the AP Top 25 for Week 17 of the regular season.
After 15 ranked teams lost last week, there was plenty of movement in the rankings.
Once again, South Carolina tops the poll as the unanimous No. 1 team in the country, followed by No. 2 Indiana. With another week atop the rankings, the Gamecocks have held the No. 1 ranking for 36 straight weeks to match Louisiana Tech for the second-longest in the history of the poll.
The Utah Utes jumped five spots to No. 3, while the LSU Tigers moved up one spot to No. 4 after another strong week. The Maryland Terrapins jumped two spots to round out the top five. Stanford, meanwhile, dropped out of the top five after falling three spots.
Where does your favorite team stand in the latest rankings?
The full Week 17 women’s basketball AP Top 25 Poll can be seen below.
- South Carolina (28)
- Virginia Tech
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
- North Carolina
- Iowa State
- Middle Tennessee
- South Florida
Others receiving votes: Creighton 34, Tennessee 31, Florida State 24, Oklahoma State 18, Florida Gulf Coast 13, Ole Miss 13, USC 10, South Dakota State 10, Louisville 8, Toledo 8, Illinois 5, North Carolina State 3
About the Associated Press Top 25 Poll
The Associated Press college basketball poll started on Jan. 20, 1949. The original poll had 20 teams, with Saint Louis the first school to hold the No. 1 ranking. From the 1961-62 season through 1967-68 only 10 teams were ranked. It expanded again to 20 teams from 1968-69 through 1988-89. The Top 25 began the next season, and it has stayed at that number ever since. The AP’s final poll is released after the field for the NCAA Tournament is selected.