YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles women’s basketball team is 13-5 on the season after rattling off seven straight victories to open Big East play. After missing out on votes in the Associated Press top 25 poll for the first time all season two weeks ago, Marquette has increased their point total from last week.
Marquette picked up three votes in this week’s edition of the poll for a total of seven points, up two from last week’s five. That has MU as the unofficial #31 team in the country. Patricia Babcock McGraw from the Chicago area Daily Herald and Jeff Metcalfe from the Phoenix Arizona Republic both voted MU at #24 in the country, while Mike Carmin from the Journal And Courier in Indiana has them at #23.
I could make an argument that Marquette never deserved to lose their spot in the top 25 relative to the teams that they suffered defeats against this season. Notre Dame is ranked #5 this week after losing to Louisville, who now takes their old #2 spot. Tennessee stay steady at #6, while Michigan jump up from #23 to #19. Green Bay also saw a boost, moving from #25 to #23. That’s four of MU’s five losses on the season right there, and all four of them came away from the McGuire Center. The fifth was in the opener, on the road against New Mexico, without Amani Wilborn in the lineup. The only thing slowing Marquette’s return to the top 25 is the fact that there just aren’t any ranked teams in the Big East to help them push their way back into the poll.
There is some good news in that regard, though. On Sunday, Marquette will be in eastern Pennsylvania to tangle with Villanova, who picked up nine points and sit one spot in front of MU in the Receiving Votes department. If the Golden Eagles can get through Friday night against Georgetown as well as Sunday’s contest without suffering their first defeat in Big East play, you could make a solid argument that Marquette deserves to be back in the top 25 after downing the Wildcats.
We’ll have to see what happens.
You can check out the full top 25 and each individual ballot right here.