Over the past week, Marquette women’s basketball went 1-1. They lost on the road against #6 Mississippi State in a very great basketball game that MU had a chance to win late, and then they won on the road at Northwestern in a game that had a fairly interesting middle section before MU won by 19.
The reward for this? Getting dropped one place by the Associated Press voters in Monday’s brand new poll. Marquette is now the #19 team in the country instead of the #18 team that they were last week.
This seems ever so slightly unfair given that both games were road games, but it’s more unfair than you realize. See, Mississippi State MOVED UP A SPOT after beating Marquette at home. If beating Marquette was so impressive that it bumped them up, then that should cause the chain reaction of Marquette not moving as a result of the loss. What a bunch of crap.
Adam Minichino (Columbus (MS) Commercial Dispatch) is Marquette’s biggest supporter this week, as he has MU ranked #14 in the country after (presumably) getting to watch the Golden Eagles in person against Mississippi State. There are votes for Marquette on every line between 14 and 25 with the weird exception of #23. Three voters — Mike Carmin (Lafayette Journal Courier), Scott Nulph (Laramie Boomerang), and Ryan Thorburn (Eugene Register Guard) — did not have Marquette ranked at all this week after only Thorburn did not have MU ranked last week. To which I say to Mr. Nulph and Mr. Carmin: What the hell, guys?
Notre Dame, which will be in the McGuire Center in just 12 short days, stayed steady at #2 in the country this week. The aforementioned Bulldogs are up to #5 this week after barely escaping Marquette at home. DePaul is holding steady at #20 this week, one spot below Marquette and just two points short of a tie with the Golden Eagles. Miami is up one spot to #24 in the new poll.
South Dakota State is the only team on Marquette’s schedule in the receiving votes department this week. The Jackrabbits picked up one 25th place vote to earn one point.
Marquette is off until Saturday when they’ll host Green Bay at the McGuire Center. The Phoenix are 4-4 on the year and coming off a home win against Wisconsin on Saturday.
You can check out the full top 25 complete with every ballot right here.