Over the past week, Marquette women’s basketball played one game and they were victorious in their road trip to DePaul. Even though they only played one game while ranked #10, the Associated Press voters elected to reward them for that win while adjusting to a few losses elsewhere in the top 10. As a result, Marquette is now ranked #8 in the country. That is, yet again, the best ever ranking for the women’s basketball team in program history.
I’ll tell you again and again: Writing “best ever ranking in program history” never gets old.
The Golden Eagles snagged 483 points in the polling this week, only 23 points more than last week, but that was enough for a two spot bump. Oregon State is at #7 with 513 points, while North Carolina State is at #9 with 470 points. Four voters have Marquette as the #7 team in the country, and a majority of the voters have MU at #8 exactly. There’s a few votes at #9, #10, and #11, but that’s it as the Golden Eagles are gaining something of a consensus in the electorate.
Notre Dame tops the chart in terms of Marquette opponents this season, coming in at #4 this week. Mississippi State stays steady at #6, and Miami jumps back into the top 25 in the final spot in the rankings. No one on the schedule is only receiving votes this week, which is kind of a bummer.
Marquette returns to action on Friday night when they host Georgetown at the McGuire Center. That game has a couple of things going on. First, it’s immediately following the National Marquette Day pep rally on campus. Second, it’s going to be broadcast on FS1 and both MU head coach Carolyn Kieger and GU head coach James Howard are going to be mic’d up for the game. MU will continue the homestand by hosting Villanova on Sunday afternoon, giving you two chances to see the #8 team in the country over the weekend if you’re in town for National Marquette Day anyway.
You can check out the full top 25 rankings and every single ballot right here.