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Marquette Women’s Basketball Slips To #20 In New Associated Press Poll

Well, yeah, that’s what happens when you lose to New Mexico.

NCAA Basketball: Villanova at Marquette Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Associated Press released their new women’s basketball top 25 poll on Monday, and to no one’s surprise, YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles dropped a few spots in the rankings.

After suffering a narrow loss to New Mexico in the season opener just hours after last week’s poll was released, Marquette slipped from #16 in that poll to #20 in the new one. MU edged out California for the #20 spot, earning 155 points to 151 for the Golden Bears. Texas A&M is sitting at #19 with 183 points.

Four pollsters had the Golden Eagles at #15 in the country for MU’s high water mark in this ranking, while one person had MU at #25. Eight voters did not have Marquette in the top 25 at all.

Marquette’s non-conference foes that were ranked last week maintained their spots in the top 25. Tennessee moves from #13 to #12 just in time to play Marquette on Thursday in Mexico. Notre Dame stays steady at #6, while Michigan drops a spot from #24 to #25.

Down in the receiving votes department, Villanova explodes all the way up to 26 points and two spots outside the top 25 after beating then-#11 Duke on Sunday, while New Mexico earned eight points in the balloting thanks to their win over Marquette. DePaul is also receiving votes at this time, coming in with 15 points, one spot ahead of Green Bay at 14 points. I think it’s safe to say at this point that Marquette is going to get more than their fair share of chances to prove that they deserve to be ranked and/or in the NCAA tournament this season.

Marquette returns to action on Thursday evening when they clash with #12 Tennessee in the Cancun Challenge in — surprise — Cancun, Mexico. They’ll have a quick turnaround to play Montana the very next day in their pre-scheduled second game of the event.

You can check out the full top 25 right here.