Last week, Marquette women’s basketball was undefeated and picked up votes in the Associated Press top 25 poll after defeating a ranked opponent.
Since then, the Golden Eagles grabbed another win over a ranked foe, but they also suffered their first loss of the season. How did the AP voters deal with that issue? As it turns out, they gave Marquette more points (26) than last week (18), but they dropped them back a spot. Last week, Marquette was unofficially the #31 team in the country, now they’re unofficially #32.
Somehow, that oddly makes sense.
Just like last week, seven voters put Marquette on their ballots. The Oregonian’s Gina Mizell was most forgiving of MU’s loss to Santa Clara, ranking the Golden Eagles 20th this week. Then again, she also covers Oregon State and graduated from Arizona State, so there’s a certain amount of respect to those that beat you involved there. Sam McKewon from the Omaha World-Herald represent MU’s lowest appearance, with the Golden Eagles at #25. Three voters had Marquette at 24th.
There’s only one other Big East team receiving votes this week. DePaul is ranked #15 in the country after going 2-1 with a loss to then-#4 Baylor and a win over then-#11 Syracuse. The Blue Demons aren’t the only Marquette opponent in the top 25, as Oregon State stayed in the top 25, slipping from #22 to #24 after losing to Marquette. Arizona State is picking up votes to the tune of 45 points and an unofficial #28 ranking, while Green Bay snagged 10 points this week.
You can check out the full top 25 and each voter’s ballot right here.
Marquette returns to action on Friday when they host Western Illinois at 7pm.