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Posted on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 : 12:29 p.m.

Michigan women's basketball team falls out of AP Top 25

By Pete Cunningham


The Michigan women's basketball team, pictured above prior to its 59-49 loss to Penn State, fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll after losing to Iowa last week as well.

Courtney Sacco | file photo

The Michigan women's basketball team spent two weeks ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, and last week climbed up to the No. 23 spot.

But after losing two of its last three, both at home -- a 59-49 to No. 7 Penn State last Monday, and 63-57 to No. 24 Iowa on Sunday -- Michigan is once again on the outside looking in.

Michigan had the most rankings points of any unranked team in the nation, but is 0-3 against ranked opponents with a loss to Duke earlier in the season its only other opportunity against a Top 25 team so far.

The Big Ten currently has three teams ranked with Purdue ranked 15th. Michigan State fell out of the rankings as well after losing back-to-back games to Purdue and Nebraska last week. The Spartans were No. 25 in last week's poll.

Associated Press women's college basketball poll, Jan. 28

Ranking (first place votes) Record Pts Previous ranking
1. Baylor (37) 18-1 997 1
2. Notre Dame 18-1 953 2
3. UConn (3) 18-1 930 3
4. Stanford 18-2 853 6
5. Duke 18-1 834 4
6. California 17-2 790 7
7. Penn St. 17-2 768 8
8. Kentucky 19-2 695 5
9. Tennessee 16-3 691 9
10. Maryland 17-3 674 10
11. North Carolina 19-2 495 11
12. Louisville 17-4 491 13
13. Georgia 17-3 470 14
14. Purdue 17-3 446 15
15. South Carolina 18-3 442 18
16. Texas A&M 16-5 435 16
17. Dayton 17-1 357 17
18. UCLA 15-4 339 19
19. Oklahoma St. 15-3 315 12
20. Florida St. 17-3 253 22
21. Oklahoma 15-4 211 20
22. Colorado 15-4 205 20
23. Iowa St. 14-4 102 24
24. Iowa 16-5 79 —
25. Delaware 15-3 66 —

Others receiving votes: Michigan 42, UTEP 21, Villanova 11, Texas Tech 10, Syracuse 6, Duquesne 4, Green Bay 4, Michigan St. 4, Kansas 2, Nebraska 2, Vanderbilt 2, LSU 1.


Macabre Sunset

Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 2:18 p.m.

We went up to East Lansing last night and watched the blowout. Jenny Ryan rolled her ankle early, got it taped, came back in but wasn't able to cut on it. She played 35 minutes, which was rather reckless coaching from KBA. I'm sure there was a high risk of aggravating the injury. Unfortunately, this team just doesn't have an answer when the threes aren't falling. Rachel Sheffer tried to force herself to be a true post player, but must have given up ten possessions to turnovers and wild shots inside. Nya Jordan had a solid game - maybe her best this season. The defense wasn't bad, but they missed Ryan's ryanness. Madison Ristovski continues to develop well. Also unfortunately, the losses to Minnesota and MSU might have them outside the tournament looking in right now. They have lost four of five and if Ryan has to miss a lot of time, a promising season might be in jeopardy. I'm surprised there's been zero mention of this game in the A2 blog. More than 8,000 showed up, many of them (nowhere near half, but many) in maize and blue.


Mon, Jan 28, 2013 : 10:49 p.m.

Losing two games at home and playing poorly at the end of the Iowa game warrants dropping out of the top 25 rankings for the Lady Wolverines. They should never be out hustled on their own court and both offensive and defensive efforts could have been better. After beating Iowa on their own court you would expect that a good effort would have produced a win at home. As it is Michigan is tied for third in the Big Ten as it approaches the half way mark in their schedule. Three of its remaining five away games will be challenging since they will play Penn State, Purdue and Michigan State. Michigan's chance to win the Big Ten Championship is poor. With sixteen wins now, Michigan will likely need to win five of its last nine games in order to qualify for the NCAA. Winning at least one game in the big Ten tournament will help also.