On Monday afternoon, the new Associated Press Top 25 women’s basketball poll was released. Marquette picked up five points in the voting while appearing on just two ballots. That’s a drop off from last week, but the Golden Eagles also did not play a single game during the previous week’s voting period.
On Monday night, Marquette lost by 12 on the road against DePaul. On Friday and Sunday, Marquette will play two more games, both at home, and they will be favored to win both games. It will be fascinating to see how the AP voters handle the Golden Eagles next week if they come through with a 2-1 record in the voting period.
Marquette’s favorite voters in the world right now are Deb Antonelli from CBS Sports and Patricia Babcock McGraw from the Chicago-area Daily Herald. Antonelli has the Golden Eagles as her #23 team in the country, while Babcock McGraw has MU at #24. Neither woman has DePaul in her rankings this week, so we’ll have to wait and see how they assess the Blue Demons gaining the advantage down in Chicago on Monday night.
The Marquette opponents in the top 25 continue to perform well. Notre Dame is still #5 this week, while Tennessee dropped two spots to #12. Michigan is just one spot behind the Lady Vols after moving up three spots from #16 a week ago, while Green Bay also advanced in the poll, moving from #22 to #20 this week.
Marquette returns to action on Friday night against Providence at the McGuire Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7pm, but the National Marquette Day pep rally across the street starts at 6pm. Swing on by early for s’mores, mac & cheese, and hot cocoa, and then head into the Al to watch the Golden Eagles roast the Friars.
You can check out the entire top 25 and the individual ballots right here.