By R.L. Bynum
North Carolina slipped two spots to No. 18 in the latest AP Top 25 women’s basketball poll after losing to Virginia Tech in an ACC Tournament quarterfinal game Friday.
All but one team below UNC in last week’s poll that played lost at least one game, and the two teams ahead of the Tar Heels (23–6) in last week’s poll also lost. Seventeen teams in last week’s poll lost.
Coach Courtney Banghart’s team now awaits Selection Sunday to see where the Tar Heels open NCAA tournament play.
Virginia Tech (23–9), which beat Clemson 82–60 and UNC 87–80 in overtime before losing to N.C. State 70–55, jumped five spots to No. 17.
Three-time reigning ACC Tournament champion N.C. State (29–3) remained at No. 3 and Louisville (25–4), which lost to Miami 61–59, dropped one spot to No. 5.
Notre Dame (22–8), which beat Georgia Tech 71–53 before losing to the Hurricanes 57–54, dropped two spots to No. 22.
Georgia Tech (21–10) was No. 25 last week but fell out of the poll after beating Wake Forest 45–40 and losing to the Irish.
Voting UNC the highest at No. 13 is David Cloninger of The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., and voting the Tar Heels the lowest at No. 24 is Mark Story of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
WUNC’s Mitchell Northam, the only North Carolina-based voter, has UNC No. 15 and is one of two voters to rank the Wolfpack No. 1.
AP Top 25
Others receiving votes: Villanova 32, Miami (FL) 24, Ole Miss 22, Colorado 12, Georgia Tech 9, Georgia 7, Toledo 7, Florida 7, Nebraska 4, Oregon 3, Kansas 3, Utah 2, IUPUI 1. (Point values in parentheses indicate the number of first-place votes.)
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