UNC falls in AP Top 25 women’s poll ahead of ACC opener

By R.L. Bynum

North Carolina fell seven spots to No. 13 in the AP Top 25 women’s poll after the Tar Heels’ 76–68 loss to Michigan in Charlotte on Tuesday.

The drop ended the Tar Heels’ streak of top-10 rankings at five weeks, the longest since the 2014–15 season when they had a six-week streak in the 2014–15 season (No. 6 Dec. 1–15, No. 9 Dec. 22, 29 and No. 8 Jan. 5). It matches UNC’s lowest ranking of the season on Nov. 14.

Michigan (11–1) moved up five spots to No. 14 with the win over Carolina (9–2).


Carolina fell five spots to No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

UNC tries to rebound at 8 p.m. Thursday (regional sports networks) in its ACC opener against Florida State (12–2) at Carmichael Arena. The Seminoles rebounded from an 85–77 loss to UConn with a 92–85 home win Wednesday over Miami in its ACC opener.

Dynamic 5–8 freshman guard Ta’Niya Latson leads the Seminoles in scoring (25.0 points per game) and steals (30), and has been the ACC rookie of the week every week this season.

Carolina is No. 16 in the Massey Ratings and No. 19 in the NET rankings.

Voting UNC the highest at No. 8 in the AP poll were Maggie Hendricks of Bally Sports and Mitchell Northam of WUNC, the only North Carolina-based voter.

Marisa Ingemi of the San Francisco Chronicle and Roger Cleaveland of the Waterbury Republican-American voted the Tar Heels No. 9. M.A.Voepel and Rebecca Lobo of ESPN had Carolina No. 10.

Lindsay Schnell of USA Today, who had UNC No. 5 the previous two weeks, voted UNC the lowest at No. 20.

Carolina has two wins over ranked teams, beating No. 15 Iowa State (10–3, up one spot) and No. 17 Oregon (10–2, down 1 slot) in Portland at the Phil Knight Invitational. The Tar Heels’ other loss came on the road against No. 4 Indiana (12–0).

The only other team to fall as far as UNC was Arkansas (13–2), which dropped seven spots to No. 24 after a 66-65 loss to South Florida.

Other ranked ACC teams are No. 5 Notre Dame (10–1), No. 6 N.C. State (11–2, up one spot) and No. 7 Virginia Tech (11–1, up one spot).

AP Top 25

RankTeamChangePoll points (1st-place votes)
1South Carolina (12-0)700 (28)
2Stanford (13-1)672
3Ohio State (13-0)632
4Indiana (12-0)620
5Notre Dame (10-1)591
6N.C. State (11-1)+1531
7Virginia Tech (11-1)+1508
8UConn (9-2)+1499
9LSU (12-0)+1442
10UCLA (12-1)+1433
11Utah (12-0)+1398
12Iowa (10-3)+1374
13North Carolina (9-2)-7373
14Michigan (11-1)+5342
15Iowa State (8-2)-1337
16Maryland (10-3)-1304
17Oregon (10-2)-1260
18Arizona (10-1)238
19Gonzaga (12-2)+3155
20Oklahoma (10-1)+3139
21Creighton (8-3)108
22Kansas (10-1)-294
23Baylor (9-3)+193
24Arkansas (13-2)-790
25St. John’s (12-0)75

Others receiving votes: Louisville 19, Duke 18, Villanova 13, Nebraska 10, South Florida 7, Columbia 6, Middle Tennessee 6, Texas 5, Marquette 4, Alabama 4.

UNC statistics

(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. 21 Iowa State Portland6–0
DecemberACC/Big Ten Challenge
1ThursdayL, 87–63No. 2IndianaBloomington, Ind.6–1
7WednesdayW, 64–42UNCWHome7–1
11SundayW, 99–67WoffordHome8–1
16FridayW, 89–47USC UpstateHome9–1
Jumpman Invitational
20TuesdayL, 76–68No. 12 MichiganCharlotte9–2
ACC season begins
29ThursdayL, 78–71No. 19
Florida State
Home9–3, 0–1 ACC
1SundayL, 68–65No. 11
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, 56–47No. 22 N.C. StateHome12–5,
3–3 ACC
19ThursdayW, 61–56No. 9 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
9Thursday7 p.m.SyracuseSyracuseACCNX (ESPN3)
12SundayNoonBoston CollegeHomeACCNX (ESPN3)
16Thursday8 p.m.No. 22 N.C. StateRaleighACCN
19Sunday4 p.m.Wake ForestHomeACCN
23Thursday8 p.m.No. 11
Virginia Tech
26SundayNoonNo. 9 DukeDurhamRSNs
ACC Tournament
1–5Wednesday–SundayTBATBAGreensboroACCN Wed.-Sat.; final on ESPN or ESPN2
You can buy tickets to home games here. ACCN means the game airs on ACC Network. ACCNX means that the game is only streaming on ACC Network Extra (ESPN3.) RSNs means the game airs on regional sports networks (in many cases, Bally Sports but also MASN, NESN and Yes Network.)

Photo of Alyssa Ustby courtesy of UNC Athletics Communications

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