Over the past week, Marquette Golden Eagles women’s basketball lost to #12 Tennessee in an overtime thriller and easily beat Montana to move to a 2-2 record on the season. The Associated Press top 25 voters didn’t hold MU’s loss to the Volunteers against them all that much, placing the Golden Eagles at #23 in the newest poll. That is a drop from #20 last week, but hey, still being ranked after losing a game is pretty good.
Marquette picked up 101 points in the polling, just six fewer than #22 Michigan. That sets up a very interesting game in Ann Arbor coming up on December 7th. It’s a pretty big gap between Marquette and #24 California, who earned just 66 points. Patricia Babcock McGraw of the Daily Herald is the biggest fan of MU amongst the pollsters, ranking the Golden Eagles at #15. Five people did not have Marquette on their ballot at all, which is actually fewer than the eight voters from last week.
As mentioned, Michigan is one of Marquette’s non-conference foes in the top 25, moving up from #25 to #22 this week. Notre Dame stayed unbeaten and moved from #6 to #3, while Tennessee stayed steady at #12. There are two non-conference opponents receiving votes, with Green Bay barely outside the top 25 with 31 points and New Mexico riding their win over Marquette to 19 points.
In the Big East, Villanova has opened up 5-0 and earned a spot in the top 25 for the first time since 2004. They picked up 56 points to settle in at #25. DePaul is still earning votes, but they have just eight points this week.
Marquette returns to action on Tuesday morning when they host Loyola-Chicago on the court and Milwaukee Public School kids in the stands.
You can check out the full top 25 right here.