Big 12 Basketball

Iowa State Moves Up to No. 7 in Women’s AP Top 25

Iowa State women's basketball coach Bill Fennelly vs. UW River Falls

The Iowa State Cyclones remained the Big 12’s top-ranked team after the AP Top 25 Women’s Basketball Top 25 poll was released on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Big 12’s newest-ranked team, Kansas State, had an 0-2 week and fell out of the Top 25 after spending a week in the rankings. And, Oklahoma became the conference’s second-highest-ranked team.

The ranked Big 12 teams include:

 

Iowa State at No. 7 (the Cyclones were No. 9 last week).

Oklahoma at No. 14 (the Sooners were No. 23 last week).

Texas at No. 15 (the Longhorns were No. 13 last week).

Baylor at No. 15 (the Bears were No. 14 last week).

Kansas State dropped out of the poll, but still received 18 votes. Kansas also received four votes.

Iowa State (16-1, 5-0) is the only remaining undefeated team in Big 12 Conference play. The Cyclones gutted out a come-from-behind, 73-70, win over Kansas State and then handled Oklahoma State, 74-60. The Cyclones put their ranking — and their undefeated conference slate — on the line against Texas on Wednesday and Baylor on Sunday.

Oklahoma (15-2, 4-1) kept rolling last week, winning both games. The Sooners defeated Baylor, 83-77, and then overwhelmed TCU, 100-71. The Sooners are at West Virginia on Wednesday and at Kansas State on Saturday.

Texas (12-3, 2-2) started last week with their second straight Big 12 loss at home, falling to Kansas, 70-66, in overtime. The Longhorns followed that with a win over West Virginia, 73-57. This week Texas travels to Iowa State on Wednesday and then to TCU on Saturday.

Baylor (11-4, 1-2) absorbed another Big 12 loss to start last week, falling to Oklahoma, 83-77. The Bears avoided a third straight league loss, beating Kansas, 82-79, in a game determined in the final seconds. Baylor hosts Oklahoma State on Wednesday and Iowa State on Sunday.

Kansas State (13-4, 3-2) absorbed a pair of losses after making the Top 25, losing to Iowa State, 73-70, and then Texas Tech, 64-45. The Wildcats host Kansas on Wednesday and then Oklahoma on Saturday.

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

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