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NCAA women’s basketball poll, week 13

Destanni Henderson and South Carolina are undefeated in SEC play and have beaten 10 top 15 opponents this season. SEC photo.

Another busy week full of overtime wins and upsets leads to some shakeup in this week’s top 25.

South Carolina looks to have hit its stride, and dominated Georgia on Sunday afternoon. They are a steady lock at No. 1, while Stanford remains No. 2 with similarly steady performances. Louisville got a dominate win over Notre Dame yesterday, and sit in the third spot while preparing for two big games this week. NC State escaped Boston College with an overtime win and pulled away late at Duke to help the Wolfpack re-enter the top five this week, at four. Indiana rounds out the top five, after both Michigan and Arizona were upset. The Hoosiers have a big game to start the week at Nebraska, and end by hosting Caitlin Clark and Iowa.

Iowa State rises to number six, and arguably has the toughest schedule across the country this week as they take on Texas and Oklahoma. In splitting their series with their in-state rivals, Arizona falls two spots to seven. Kim Mulkey’s LSU Tigers looked incredible in the first half versus Georgia this weekend but narrowly hung on for the six-point win. They rise to eight. The Lady Vols re-enter the top 10 this week, at nine. They have flashes of being a top five team, but struggle to take care of the basketball. If they can find a way to cleanup the turnovers, watch out. Baylor rounds out the top 10.

Michigan drops seven spots to 11 after back-to-back losses to non-ranked teams last week. Things won’t get easier for the Wolverines, as they host Maryland on Sunday. UConn falls three spots to 12 after a loss to Villanova. The Terps rise to 13 and have a chance to prove just how good they are this in the coming days. In addition to their matchup at Michigan, they will battle Iowa and Ohio State. Oklahoma fell to Texas, but they remain at 14 heading down the stretch of conference play. The Longhorns follow at 15.

Georgia Tech falls to 16 after losses to NC State and Virginia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are known for their defense, but will need to generate some offense if they want to make a deep run in the tournament. Georgia suffered back-to-back losses last week and fall to 17, but they have a chance to rebound with favorable matchups soon against Missouri and Auburn. Ohio State comes in at 18 after defeating Nebraska at home last week. BYU sits at 19 and Florida enters the top 20.

Notre Dame will look to rebound in their lone game this week at Georgia Tech, but for now the Fighting Irish sit at 21. Oregon went one and one against rival Oregon State this past weekend. and fall to 22. The Ducks will be hosting the state of California this week as UCLA, Cal, and Stanford all travel to Eugene for games. The Hawkeyes jump two spots to 23, and will look to upset both Maryland and Indiana this week. Virginia Tech picked up two wins over top 25 teams, and re-enter the poll at 24. The Hokies could get another big win Sunday when they travel to Louisville. North Carolina claims the final spot in this week’s poll, but it won’t be an easy week for them, as they face Louisville Thursday before traveling to red-hot Florida State Sunday.

Top 25

  1. South Carolina
  2. Stanford
  3. Louisville
  4. NC State
  5. Indiana
  6. Iowa State
  7. Arizona
  8. LSU
  9. Tennessee
  10. Baylor
  11. Michigan
  12. UConn
  13. Maryland
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Texas
  16. Georgia Tech
  17. Georgia
  18. Ohio State
  19. BYU
  20. Florida
  21. Notre Dame
  22. Oregon
  23. Iowa
  24. Virginia Tech
  25. North Carolina

RV: Nebraska, Oregon State, Arkansas, Florida Gulf Coast, Kansas State, UCF, Duke, Ole Miss, Marquette

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