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AP Top 25 Women: Texas Longhorns Closing in on Top 10

NCAA Womens Basketball: Texas at Tennessee

The Texas Longhorns are closing in on the national Top 10 after a victory over Texas A&M on Sunday, as the latest AP Top 25 Women’s Basketball Top 25 was released on Monday.

They were three Big 12 teams in the Top 25 this week:

Baylor at No. 5 (holding steady from last week);

Texas at No. 11 (up four spots from No. 15 last week);

Iowa State at No. 16 (down one spot from last week).

West Virginia received seven votes and Oklahoma received six votes.

 

Baylor (8-1) wrapped up a 2-0 week with a huge blowout of Morehead State, 73-28, followed by squeezing out a 70-68 win over Missouri in the Big 12-SEC Challenge on Saturday. Reigning national player of the year NaLyssa Smith had another huge game, scoring 25 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in that victory. Baylor hosts Alcorn State on Wednesday and then faces No. 13 Michigan in the Naismith Women’s Challenge in Uncasville, Connecticut, on Sunday.

Texas (6-1) started the week with a 78-64 win over Jackson State, a game that saw Lauren Ebo scored 14 points. Texas then beat then-No. 17 Texas A&M, 76-60, with Aliyah Matharu scoring 26 points to lead Texas. The Longhorns are still down three players, including heralded freshman Aaliyah Moore and Kyndall Hunter. Texas is off until Saturday when it hosts Idaho.

Iowa State (8-1) lost its first game of the season last week, falling 69-60 to LSU in the Big 12-SEC Challenge on Thursday. The Cyclones rebounded on Sunday when they defeated Longwood, 94-56, as Aubrey Joens and Ashley Joens each had double-doubles — Aubrey with 24 points and 14 rebounds and Ashley with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Iowa State hosts No. 12 Iowa on Wednesday and Northern Iowa on Sunday.

Also receiving votes for the Big 12 was Oklahoma with one.

The entire poll featured No. 1 South Carolina, No. 2 NC State, No. 3 UConn, No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Baylor, No. 6 Arizona, No. 7 Louisville, No. 8 Maryland, No. 9 Tennessee, No. 10 Indiana, No. 11 Texas, No. 12 Iowa, No. 13 Michigan, No. 14 Kentucky, No. 15 Iowa State, No. 16 BYU, No. 17 South Florida, No. 18 Texas A&M, No. 19 Duke, No. 20 Ohio State, No. 21 Georgia, No. 22 Notre Dame, No. 23 Oregon State, No. 24 LSU and No. 25 Colorado.

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