UNC falls in AP Top 25 women’s poll after Ohio State upset Tennessee

By R.L. Bynum

Ohio State leapfrogged over Carolina in the latest AP Top 25 women’s poll after upsetting Tennessee, dropping the Tar Heels one slot to No. 13.

The Buckeyes (2–0) went from No. 14 to No. 8 after an 87–75 home victory over Tennessee (1–1), which tumbled No. 5 to No. 11. Monday night, the Lady Vols lost 79–67 at home to future Carolina road opponent Indiana, which dropped a spot to No. 12.

UNC (2–0), which beat Jackson State 91–59 and TCU 75–48 at home last week, faces South Carolina State (0–3) at Carmichael Arena at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.


South Carolina (2–0) remained the unanimous No. 1 after beating East Tennessee State 101–31 and Maryland 81–56.

ACC teams in the top 10 are Louisville (3–0), who moved from No. 7 to No. 6, Notre Dame (2–0), which stayed at No. 9, and N.C. State (3–0), which stayed at No. 10. Also in the poll is Virginia Tech (2–0), which fell one spot to No. 14.

The Wolfpack visits No. 5 Connecticut (1–0) at 1 p.m. Sunday (FS1).

New to the poll are No. 22 Nebraska, No. 24 Villanova and No. 25 Utah.

Mitchell Northam of WUNC, the only North Carolina-based voter, had Virginia Tech No. 5, N.C. State No. 6, UNC No. 7, Louisville No. 8, Notre Dame No. 12 and Miami No. 21.

Northam was one of six voters who had UNC in the top 10: David Cloninger of The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., (No. 7; he has N.C. State No. 17), Alex Simon of the San Jose Mercury News (No. 7; he has State No. 19), Kevin Tresolini of Delawareonline.com (No. 8),
Stefan Krajisnik of the Clarion-Ledger (No. 9) and Stu Durando of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (No. 9).

Danny Davis of the Austin American-Statesman had UNC the lowest at No. 17 and three voters had the Tar Heels No. 16.

AP Top 25

RankTeamChangePoll points
(1st-place votes)
1South Carolina (2–0)750 (30)
2Stanford (4–0)716
3Texas (1–0)660
4Iowa (3–0)637
5UConn  (1–0)+1614
6Louisville (3–0)+1580
7Iowa State (2–0)+1543
8Ohio State (2–0)+6509
9Notre Dame (2–0)493
10N.C. State (3–0)478
11Tennessee (1–1)-6441
12Indiana (2–0)-1415
13North Carolina (2–0)-1413
14Virginia Tech (2–0)-1369
15LSU (3–0)+1336
16Oklahoma (2–0)-1310
17Baylor (2–0)+1275
18Arizona (2–0)+1243
19Maryland (2–1)-2219
20Creighton (2–0)+1187
21Oregon (2–0)-1180
22Nebraska (2–0)91
23Michigan (2–0)+273
24Villanova (2–0)60
25Utah (3–0)40

Others receiving votes: UCLA (31), South Dakota State 15, Kansas 13, Miami 11, Belmont 7, Gonzaga 5, Ole Miss 5, DePaul 4, Princeton 4, South Florida 4, Georgia 4, Kansas State 3, Florida 3, Alabama 2, Duke 2, Washington State 2, Drake 2, UCF 1. Point values in parentheses indicate the number of first-place votes.

(current ranking)
9WednesdayW, 91–59Jackson StateHome1–0
12SaturdayW, 75–48TCUHome2–0
16WednesdayW, 93–25South Carolina StateHome3–0
20SundayW, 76–65James MadisonHarrisonburg, Va.4–0
Phil Knight Invitational
24ThursdayW, 85–79OregonPortland5–0
27SundayW, 73–64No. 17 Iowa State Portland6–0
DecemberACC/Big Ten Challenge
1ThursdayL, 87–63No. 2 IndianaBloomington, Ind.6–1
7WednesdayW, 64–42UNCWHome7–1
11SundayW, 99–67WoffordHome8–1
16FridayW, 89–47USC UpstateHome9–1
Jumpman Invitational
20TuesdayL, 76–68No. 18 MichiganCharlotte9–2
ACC season begins
29ThursdayL, 78–71Florida StateHome9–3, 0–1 ACC
1SundayL, 68–65No. 4
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va.9–4, 0–2 ACC
5ThursdayL, 62–58MiamiCoral Gables, Fla.9–5, 0–3 ACC
8SundayW, 60–50No. 10
Notre Dame
1–3 ACC
12ThursdayW, 70–59VirginiaCharlottesville, Va.11–5,
2–3 ACC
15SundayW, 56–47N.C. StateHome12–5,
3–3 ACC
19ThursdayW, 61–56No. 13 DukeHome13–5,
4–3 ACC
22SundayW, 70–57Georgia TechHome14–5,
5–3 ACC
26ThursdayW, 72–57PittsburghPittsburgh15–5,
6–3 ACC
29SundayW, 69–58ClemsonClemson16–5,
7–3 ACC
2ThursdayW, 73–62VirginiaHome17–5,
8–3 ACC
5SundayL, 62–55LouisvilleLouisville17–6,
8–4 ACC
9ThursdayL, 75–67SyracuseSyracuse17–7,
8–5 ACC
12SundayW, 73–55Boston CollegeHome18–7,
9–5 ACC
16ThursdayL, 77–66, OTN.C. StateRaleigh18–8,
9–6 ACC
19SundayW, 71–58Wake ForestHome19–8,
10–6 ACC
23ThursdayL, 61–59No. 4
Virginia Tech
10–7 ACC
26SundayW, 45–41No. 13 DukeDurham20–9,
10–8 ACC
MarchACC Tournament
2ThursdayW, 68–58Clemson Greensboro21–9
3FridayL, 44–40No. 13 Duke Greensboro21–10
NCAA tournament
18SaturdayW, 61–59 St. John’sColumbus, Ohio22–10
20MondayL, 71–69No. 12 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio22–11

Photo courtesy of UNC Athletics Communications


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