UNC falls in AP Top 25 women’s poll after loss to Hokies

By R.L. Bynum

North Carolina, one of 10 ranked teams to lose last week, fell one spot to No. 24 in the AP Top 25 women’s poll released Monday after beating Pittsburgh 64–54 and losing Sunday at Virginia Tech 66–61.

UNC (19–5, 9–5 ACC) got 63 poll points after garnering 136 last week.

The Hokies (19–6, 11–3), who have played like a ranked team for a few weeks, finally debuted in the poll at No. 23 after also defeating Georgia Tech 73–63 to give the ACC six ranked teams.

The Yellow Jackets (19–6, 10–4) fell five spots to No. 16 after also losing to 59–48 to N.C. State. The Wolfpack (23–3, 14–1) went up one spot to No. 4 after also beating Boston College 85–78 and Duke 77–62.

Louisville (22–2, 13–1), which visits UNC on Thursday at 6 p.m. (regional sports networks), stayed at No. 3 after a win by forfeit over Virginia and blowing out Notre Dame on Sunday at home 73–47. The Irish (19–6, 10–4), who beat Miami 64–54 on Thursday, fell from one spot to No. 19.

WUNC’s Mitchell Northam, the only North Carolina-based voter, has State No. 3 and UNC No. 17.

All five of Carolina’s losses have come against ranked teams: No. 4 N.C. State (twice), No. 16 Georgia Tech, No. 19 Notre Dame and No. 23 Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels have one win against a ranked team, winning at Duke on Jan. 27 when the Blue Devils were No. 21.

The Tar Heels are still No. 4 in the NET rankings, which the NCAA tournament committee uses as a tool in picking the field. UNC is 13th in the Massey Ratings and 22nd in the RealTimeRPI.com rankings.

In ESPN’s latest bracket projection, which was released Tuesday, UNC is a No. 6 seed in the Greensboro Region, facing No. 11-seed Arizona State in a first-round game in Bloomington, Ind.

Carolina also fell one spot to No. 23 in the coaches poll, which was released Tuesday.

AP Top 25

Others receiving votes: Oregon 52, Kansas 18, Princeton 12, Gonzaga 6, Villanova 5, UCF 5, Liberty 4, Toledo 3, Rhode Island 3, DePaul 2, Arizona State 1, IUPUI 1, Nebraska 1. Point values in parentheses indicate the number of first-place votes.

ACC standings

DateScore, record/
day, time, TV
LocationOpponent
(current rank)
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 (4–4, 4–4 ACC)
281–62 win, 13–0, 3–0 HomeClemson
672–45 loss, 13–1, 3–1RoadNo. 4 N.C. State
971–46 win, 14–1, 4–1HomeNo. 23 Virginia Tech
1670–64 loss, 14–2, 4–2RoadNo. 18 Notre Dame
2061–52 win, 15–2, 5–2HomeVirginia
2355–38 loss, 15–3, 5–3RoadNo. 19 Georgia Tech
2778–62 win, 16–3, 6–3RoadDuke
3066–58 loss, 16–4, 6–4HomeNo. 4 N.C. State
February (3–1, 3–1 ACC)
378–59 win, 17–4, 7–4RoadWake Forest
685–38 win, 18–4, 8–4HomeMiami
1064–54 win, 19–4, 9–4HomePittsburgh
1366–61 loss, 19–5, 9–5RoadNo. 23 Virginia Tech
17Thursday, 6, RSNHomeNo. 3 Louisville
20Sunday, noon, RSNRoadFlorida State
24Thursday, 7, ACCNXRoadVirginia
27Sunday, TBA, ESPN2 or ACCNHomeDuke
March
2–
6
ACC TournamentGreensboro
ACCNX — ACC Network Extra (ESPN3); ACCN — ACC Network; RSN — regional sports networks;
X —Goombay Splash; Y — Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Photo courtesy of UNC Athletics Communications

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