PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Five BIG EAST women’s basketball teams remain ranked in the Associated Pressand USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ polls, released after the 11th week of play. Three league teams ranked in the top 10 of the coaches’ poll for the second straight week.
Once again, Connecticut leads the BIG EAST at No. 2/2 on both lists. The Huskies went 2-0 last week, beating then-No. 10/11 North Carolina 83-57 on Jan. 17 and Pittsburgh 66-46 on Jan. 22. West Virginia moved up a spot in each poll to No. 8/8, going 2-0 last week. The Mountaineers downed in-state rival Marshall 78-21 on Jan. 19 and USF 78-21 on Jan. 22.
Notre Dame continued its steady climb, moving up to No. 9/9 after posting two conference wins last week. The Irish defeated then-No. 16/17 Georgetown 80-58 on Jan. 18 and then-No. RV/23 St. John’s 69-36 on Jan. 23. DePaul followed suit, jumping one spot in the AP poll and one in the USA Today/ESPN rankings to No. 12/17. The Blue Demons improved to 19-2 on the season, beating New Jersey Tech 90-43 on Jan. 20 and Seton Hall 77-59 on Jan. 22.
Georgetown dropped in both national polls to an even No. 19/19. The Hoyas lost to then-No. 11/10 Notre Dame 80-58 on Jan. 18, but rebounded with a 60-44 win against Villanova on Jan. 22.
Marquette, Syracuse, St. John’s and Rutgers all received votes in both the AP poll and the USA Today/ESPN list.
To view the polls in their entirety, please visit the BIG EAST women’s basketball national poll page.