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Marquette Women’s Basketball Moves To #16 In The AP Top 25

This was before their Monday night loss to New Mexico. Kind of a good news/bad news day.

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GOOD NEWS: Marquette Golden Eagles women’s basketball moved up one spot in the new Associated Press top 25 poll, going from #17 in the preseason poll to #16 in the first in-season poll of 2017-18.

BAD NEWS: Marquette immediately lost their first game of the season just hours after the poll came out, falling 88-87 to New Mexico.

This, of course, raises the question of why there’s a new poll after just three days of games. MU didn’t play in the first three days of the season, yet they managed to gain ground in the poll? Seems more than a little goofy, right?

In any case, the Golden Eagles acquired 309 points in this edition of the poll, trailing #15 Maryland’s 353 points and easily coming in front of #17 Florida State’s 272 points. Four voters — Deb Antonelli, David Cloninger, Rebecca Lobo, and Scott Richey — all had Marquette at #13 in their rankings, tying for the top spot for the Golden Eagles. Two voters had the Golden Eagles at #21, and everyone else with a vote had the team ranked somewhere in between.

The three Marquette non-conference foes that were ranked in the preseason remain ranked in the new poll. Notre Dame stays at #6, Tennessee moved up one spot to #13, and Michigan held onto their spot at #24. DePaul dropped out of the top 25 after their season opening loss to Northern Colorado, earning just four points, but after their overtime buzzer beater win over #21 Oklahoma on Monday night, odds are that the Blue Demons will be ranked once again next week Monday.

Marquette returns to action on Sunday afternoon when they host Loyola-Maryland for their home opener. The Greyhounds defeated Cornell, 78-63, in their opener, and will play George Mason on Tuesday and Georgetown on Thursday before heading to Milwaukee.

You can check out the full top 25 right here.