Marquette women’s basketball had just one game over the past week, an 83-68 road victory against Milwaukee. They’re now 6-4 on the season, and as a result, they’re still earning votes in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll.
The Golden Eagles picked up six points in this iteration of the poll. That’s down from nine points a week ago. MU’s points come in the form of one lone 20th place vote from David Cloninger, who works for The Post and Courier out of Charleston, South Carolina. I don’t want to tell you his vote is wrong, but he has the Green Bay team that beat Marquette fairly soundly in 25th place.
MU will be in South Bend to play Notre Dame on Wednesday afternoon, and the Fighting Irish are ranked #2 in the country again this week. Their 10-1 record on the season is only marred by a loss to #1 Connecticut, so you can’t fault the votes for putting them in the two-slot. Unless, of course, you’re a fan of #3 Louisville.
All of the other teams in the top 25 that Marquette has or will play this season also stayed in their spots this week. Tennessee stayed steady at #7 this week, Villanova is still #20, Green Bay is still #21, and Michigan is still #23. New Mexico picked up one 23rd place vote, and DePaul earned one 25th place vote in the poll.
If Marquette wants to still be earning votes next week, they’re going to have to beat Notre Dame. You couldn’t fault MU’s lone supporter for dropping the Golden Eagles from his ballot after a fifth loss against teams that are earning votes. If that happens, it’s probably going to be a while before the Golden Eagles find their way back into the voting. They do have DePaul as the third game in league play coming up on January 4th, but beating a Blue Demons squad that’s barely earning attention isn’t going to get MU back into the voters’ good graces. Villanova doesn’t pop up on the schedule for the first time until January 21st, which might be MU’s next chance at a victory that helps them get votes in the poll again.
You can check out the full top 25 and all of the voters’ ballots right here.