The Big 12 managed to keep three teams in the AP Top 25 Women’s Basketball Top 25, released on Monday after Week 3 of the season.
Those teams included:
Iowa State at No. 8 (No. 5 last week);
Baylor at No. 21 (No. 21 last week);
Texas at No. 22 (No. 19 last week).
Kansas State was at No. 25 last week but dropped out. Oklahoma received 50 votes while Kansas State received 25 votes. Kansas received 17 votes.
Iowa State (5-1) split its two games at the Phil Knight Tournament. The Cyclones blew out Michigan State, 80-49, before losing to Top 10-ranked North Carolina, 73-64. The Cyclones have one game this week against SIU-Edwardsville on Tuesday, before facing rival Iowa next week.
Texas (3-3) bounced back to win two games last week. The Longhorns wrapped up the Battle 4 Atlantis with an 82-44 win over Rutgers. Then, Texas beat Princeton at home, 74-50. The Longhorns host South Florida on Friday and Southern on Sunday.
Baylor (5-2) played three games at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla. The Bears scored a 92-58 win over Saint Louis and a 75-70 win over then-ranked Villanova. The Bears lost in the championship game to ranked Michigan, 84-75. Baylor is off until Sunday when it hosts Houston Christian.
Kansas State (7-1) popped into the AP poll last week after beating Top 10 Iowa. The Wildcats were at the Paradise Jam Tournament and won their first two games — Clemson, 76-38, and Northern Arizona, 93-80. The Wildcats lost their first game of the season in the championship game, falling to Arkansas, 69-53. Kansas State hosts Houston on Sunday.
This week’s AP Top 25 women’s poll looks like this:
No. 1 South Carolina, No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 UConn, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Indiana, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 8 Iowa State, No. 9 Virginia Tech, No. 10 Iowa, No. 11 LSU, No. 12 NC State, No. 13 Creighton, No. 14 Arizona, No. 15 UCLA, No. 16 Utah, No. 17 Michigan, No. 18 Louisville, No. 19 Oregon, No. 20 Maryland, No. 21 Baylor, No. 22 Texas, No. 23 Gonzaga, No. 24 Marquette, No. 25 Villanova.
Big 12 teams receiving votes: Oklahoma, 50; Kansas State, 25; Kansas, 17.
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