South Carolina, UConn top 25 women’s AP points; Indiana No. 4

South Carolina, UConn top 25 women’s AP points;  Indiana No. 4

After an impressive win, Indiana jumped to its best-ever ranking: fourth in an Associated Press poll of the top 25 women’s basketball.

The veteran Hoosiers had their best-ever rating in eighth place in the pre-season Top 25 and then had a week that included a defeat and no. 13 Kentucky, 88-67. Indiana brought back all five Rookies from last season’s team that went to the Elite Eight and racked up a sixth straight season of 20 wins.

“I’d like to consider getting the band back together,” said coach Terry Morin. “This team has tremendous chemistry and plays well together. There is something to be said for the experience because they have a really good feeling about one and the other.”

South Carolina remained the top team in the poll, with 25 first-place votes from a national media panel. The Gamecocks took an impressive nine-point win in fifth in North Carolina State to snatch the season.

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Gamecocks were followed by UConn, which received the other five #1 votes, and Maryland.

All five major teams will head to the Bahamas over the next two weeks to play in two tournaments. There is a possibility of a 1-2 match between Gamecocks and Huskies if both teams win the first two matches of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

Hoosiers, Terrapins, Wolfpack, and No. 7 Stanford play another round-robin tournament on the island during Thanksgiving. The Cardinal dropped four places after losing to then-25th Texan, who jumped to 12th.

“It’s a great field,” Maureen said. “I think it’s going to be an interesting year for women’s basketball.”

The Longhorns climbed to 13 places, and ended up just behind Arizona, which jumped to 11th from 22 after an overtime win over the then-number. 6 Louisville. The Cardinals fell to 10th place.

The waiting titans

#22 West Virginia is the only member of the Top 25 whose season has not started yet. The team will host St. Francis (Pennsylvania) for their season opener on Tuesday.

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Hints

Kentucky dropped to 19th place after losing to Indiana. … Rutgers coach Vivian Stringer will miss this season due to coronavirus concerns. Stringer has racked up 1,055 wins in her 50-year coaching career and is her fourth all-time Division 1 victory. The school decided that any win or loss this season would go to acting head coach Tim Whiteman. Stringer’s coached teams are ranked 439th for the week, fifth all-time.

Game of the week

Baylor in Maryland, Sunday. Before the No. 3 Terrapins head to the Bahamas next week, they’ll host the No. 6 Bears. This will be the first of the top 10 teams Brenda Friese will face. Maryland plays No. 4 NC State on Thanksgiving and No. 7 Stanford two days later.

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