Marquette women’s basketball played one game last week while ranked #19 in the country: A road game against #24 Miami. They lost, 63-55, in a competitive matchup that they had a chance to win at the end.
Losing a road game to a ranked team is apparently a very bad thing in the eyes of the Associated Press poll voters, as MU dropped to #22 in the new AP poll that came out on Monday. The Golden Eagles picked up 120 points in the balloting, falling in between #21 Missouri at 135 points and just barely ahead of #23 Minnesota with 116 points.
If you’re wondering where the Hurricanes are in the poll after knocking off Marquette, well, they’re still at #24. See, after turning back Marquette’s fourth quarter rally on Thursday night, Miami went to Iowa State for the Preseason WNIT title game on Sunday...... and promptly got run over, 75-52. I’m going to go ahead and presume that did not help Marquette’s case at all.
MU’s two biggest non-conference opponents stayed right where they were last week in the poll. Notre Dame is still #1, and Mississippi State is still #6. DePaul drops one spot to #16 this week and Miami is still #24 as mentioned above to round out the ranked teams on the schedule.
There’s a number of Marquette foes that are earning national attention, just not enough to make it into the poll. Northwestern is unofficially the #28 team in the country with 46 points this week, Michigan picked up five points in the polling, Green Bay earned two points, and South Dakota State got one 25th place vote.
You can check out the whole top 25 poll right here.