Tar Heels’ rank in AP Top 25 women’s poll unchanged

By R.L. Bynum

North Carolina stayed at No. 22 in the latest AP Top 25 women’s poll even after the Tar Heels’ 60–50 upset of then-No. 4 Notre Dame on Sunday, likely because of a loss to unranked Miami.

The Tar Heels (10–5, 1–3 ACC) rebounded from Thursday’s heartbreaking 62–58 loss at Miami to hand the Irish only their second loss of the season and snap a four-game losing streak behind 16 points from freshman guard Paulina Paris.

Notre Dame (12–2, 3–1) fell three spots to No. 7.

UNC is No. 24 in the NET ranking, which the NCAA tournament committee uses as a consideration when seeding teams.

Carolina goes back on the road Thursday to meet Virginia (13–3, 2–3), which lost last week to then-No. 9 Virginia Tech 74–66 and then-No. 10 N.C. State 87–62.


The Hokies (13–3, 3–3) fell to No. 13 after their 77–66 loss to Miami and the Wolfpack (13–4, 3–3) dropped to No. 11 after their 79–71 home defeat against Boston College. State visits Carolina on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. (ESPN).

League-leading Duke (14–1, 4–0), which debuted in the poll last week at No. 19, moved up to No. 16 after a 60–50 victory over Wake Forest.

AP Top 25

RankTeamChangePoll points
(1st-place votes)
1South Carolina (16-0)700 (28)
2Stanford (16-1)671
3Ohio State (17-0)645
4UConn (13-2)+1587
5LSU (16-0)+2582
6Indiana (14-1)574
7Notre Dame (12-2)-3542
8UCLA (14-2)-4457
9Maryland (13-3)+4437
10Utah (14-1)-2427
11N.C. State (13-3)-1370
12Iowa (12-4)+4352
13Virginia Tech (13-3)-4342
14Arizona (14-2)+1341
15Iowa State (10-3)-4307
16Duke (14-1)+3281
17Michigan (13-3)-3261
18Baylor (12-3)+5253
19Oklahoma (12-2)-2212
20Gonzaga (16-2)197
21Oregon (12-4)-3144
22North Carolina (10-5)126
23Kansas (12-2)-299
24Illinois (14-3)42
25Villanova (14-3)35

Others receiving votes: Arkansas 33, Middle Tennessee 27, St. John’s 22, Miami 10, South Florida 6, Florida State 5, Seton Hall 5, Creighton 5, Colorado 2, Louisville 1.

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 courtesy of UNC Athletics Communications

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