UNC women fall out of AP poll ahead of games against two ranked rivals; Heels No. 22 in coaches poll

By R.L. Bynum

Heading into two games this week against ranked rivals, North Carolina fell out of the AP Top 25 women’s basketball poll released Monday after being ranked for seven consecutive weeks. UNC fell two spots to No. 22 in the coaches poll.

The Tar Heels (15–3, 5–3 ACC) beat Virginia 61–52 Thursday but lost to Georgia Tech (which stayed at No. 18) 55–38 on Sunday after being ranked No. 20 in last week’s AP poll. UNC visits Duke (13–4, 4–3), which stayed at No. 21, on Thursday and plays host Sunday to N.C. State (18–2, 9–0), which is up one spot to No. 3.

Duke beat Miami 58–49 and Virginia 57–48. State followed up an epic comeback in a 68–59 home victory over Louisville (which fell from No. 3 to No. 5) with a 51–45 home win over Virginia Tech.

Also falling out of the poll after losing were Colorado (was No. 22; lost 69–66 in overtime to Oregon State, 57–52 to Arizona State and 75–56 to Arizona) and Kentucky (was No. 23; lost 77–52 to Florida and 63–54 to Mississippi).


The Tar Heels got 83 poll points, the 27th-most.

WUNC’s Mitchell Northam, the only North Carolina-based voter, ranked State No. 2, UNC No. 22 and Duke No. 24.

AP Top 25

Others receiving votes: Florida Gulf Coast 90, North Carolina 83, Virginia Tech 13, Florida 12, DePaul 4, Missouri 2, UCLA 2, Kansas 1. (Point values in parentheses indicate the number of first-place votes.)

UNC season statistics

ACC standings

DateScore, record/
day, time, TV
(current ranking)
November (6–0)
992–47 win, 1–0HomeN.C. A&T
1489–33 win, 2–0RoadCharlotte
1789–44 win, 3–0HomeAppalachian State
2179–46 win, 4–0RoadTCU
2672–59 win, 5–0Bimini, BahamasX — VCU
2758–37 win, 6–0Bimini, BahamasX — Washington
December (6–0, 2–0 ACC)
182–76 win, 7–0RoadY — Minnesota
593–47 win, 8–0HomeJames Madison
12107–46 win, 9–0HomeUNC Asheville
15Game canceledHomeJacksonville
1976–63 win, 10–0, 1–0 ACCRoadBoston College
2183–47 win, 11–0HomeAlabama State
3079–43 win, 12–0, 2–0HomeSyracuse
January (3–3, 3–3 ACC)
281–62 win, 13–0, 3–0 ACCHomeClemson
672–45 loss, 13–1, 3–1RoadNo. 3 N.C. State
971–46 win, 14–1, 4–1HomeVirginia Tech
1670–64 loss, 14–2, 4–2RoadNo. 20 Notre Dame
2061–52 win, 15–2, 5–2HomeVirginia
2355–38 loss, 15–3, 5–3RoadNo. 14 Georgia Tech
27Thursday, 7, ACCNXRoadNo. 21 Duke
30Sunday, 4, ACCNHomeNo. 3 N.C. State
3Thursday, 8, RSNRoadWake Forest
6Sunday, noon, ACCNHomeMiami
10Thursday, 6, ACCNXHomePittsburgh
13Sunday, 1, ACCNXRoadVirginia Tech
17Thursday, 6, RSNHomeNo. 5 Louisville
20Sunday, noon, RSNRoadFlorida State
24Thursday, 7, ACCNXRoadVirginia
27Sunday, TBA, ESPN2 or ACCNHomeNo. 21 Duke
ACC TournamentGreensboro
ACCNX — ACC Network Extra (ESPN3); ACCN — ACC Network; RSN — regional sports networks;
X —Goombay Splash; Y — Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Photo via @UNC_Basketball

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