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Bulldogs Continue Climb Towards Coaches' Top 25

Nov. 20, 2007

The Gonzaga University women's basketball team continues to pick up both wins and votes as the Bulldogs enter the third week of play. The Zags once again appeared among the schools also receiving votes in the latest USA Today/ESPN Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll. Gonzaga garnered 13 votes in the third installment of the Coaches' Poll, up from five votes last week. The Bulldogs will look to stay perfect on the year when they welcome Marquette University to the McCarthey Athletic Center on Friday, Nov. 23. The Golden Eagles are also receiving votes in the Coaches' Poll; collecting 45 in the latest release. The GU-MU battle will begin at 7 p.m.

A pair of wins against Top 25 teams kept Tennessee atop both the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll and The Associated Press poll.

The Lady Vols (3-0) received 30 of 31 first-place votes in the coaches' poll and received all 50 first-place votes in the AP poll to remain No. 1 after edging Oklahoma 70-67 and routing Texas 92-67 last week.

Connecticut (2-0) remained No. 2 in both polls, receiving the other first-place vote in the coaches' poll. Maryland (5-0) remained No. 3 after beating Notre Dame 75-59 and routing LSU 75-62 on Sunday.

Stanford moved up to fourth while LSU fell one spot to fifth. North Carolina, which lost guard Alex Miller to a knee injury, remained sixth and Rutgers stayed at No. 7 after beating George Washington 67-42 on Sunday. Duke, Georgia and Texas A&M round out the top 10.

Connecticut, Stanford, Duke and Texas A&M all play in the Paradise Jam tournament this week.

Oklahoma (0-2) fell three spots to No. 11 following the loss to Tennessee, while No. 12 Baylor, No. 13 Arizona State and No. 14 Cal each moved up one spot. George Washington (3-1) fell three spots to No. 15 after the loss to Rutgers. Ohio State remained 16th.

West Virginia, which hosts Tennessee on Wednesday, jumped from 20th to 17th, while No. 18 Michigan State fell one spot and No. 19 Vanderbilt fell two spots. Purdue, which moved up three spots, rounds out the top 20.

Florida State and Texas are 21st and 22nd, respectively. No. 23 DePaul entered the poll after being unranked last week, while No. 24 Notre Dame moved up a spot.

Auburn, meanwhile, entered the coaches' poll at No. 25 and the AP poll at No. 24.

Louisville and NC State fell out of the poll after losses. The Cardinals were beaten by both Western Carolina and Minnesota, while the Wolfpack lost to St. John's.

Week 2 Poll: November 20, 2007

The Top 25 women's basketball coaches poll, with team's RECORDS THROUGH MONDAY in parentheses, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, ranking in last week's poll and first-place votes received:

Rank

School (2007-08 record)

Points

Last Week's Rank

First-Place Votes

1

Tennessee (3-0)

774

1

30

2

Connecticut (2-0)

730

2

1

3

Maryland (5-0)

710

3

0

4

Stanford (3-0)

652

5

0

5

LSU (3-1)

640

4

0

6

North Carolina (6-0)

628

6

0

7

Rutgers (2-1)

584

7

0

8

Duke (3-0)

529

9

0

9

Georgia (4-0)

522

10

0

10

Texas A&M (2-0)

483

11

0

11

Oklahoma (0-2)

478

8

0

12

Baylor (4-0)

422

13

0

13

Arizona State (2-1)

383

14

0

14

California (3-0)

368

15

0

15

George Washington (3-1)

328

12

0

16

Ohio State (4-0)

326

16

0

17

West Virginia (3-0)

243

20

0

18

Michigan State (2-1)

182

18

0

19

Vanderbilt (2-1)

137

17

0

20

Purdue (2-0)

128

23

0

21

Florida State (4-1)

124

19

0

22

Texas (2-1)

109

22

0

23

DePaul (3-0)

104

not ranked

0

24

Notre Dame (2-1)

83

25

0

25

Auburn (3-0)

52

not ranked

0

Dropped out: No. 21 Louisville (1-0), No. 24 North Carolina State (3-1).


Others receiving votes: Wyoming  48; Marquette  45; North Carolina State 42; Minnesota  29; Georgia Tech  25; Iowa State  20; Louisville 20; Oklahoma State  18; Pittsburgh  14; Gonzaga  13; Nebraska  13; Penn State  11; Middle Tennessee 8; Utah  8; Xavier  7; Bowling Green  6; New Mexico  6; Marist  5; UCLA  4; Wisconsin  4; Western Kentucky 3; Hartford  2; Southern California  2; Brigham Young  1; Old Dominion  1; Tulane  1.