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Women's AP Top 25 Round-Up: Can Anyone Stop Dominant No. 1 South Carolina?

Women's AP Top 25 Round-Up: Can Anyone Stop Dominant No. 1 South Carolina?

A non-conference rout of UConn solidified top-ranked South Carolina's place atop the AP Top 25 with a month left in the regular season.

Feb 13, 2024 by Kyle Kensing
Women's AP Top 25 Round-Up: Can Anyone Stop Dominant No. 1 South Carolina?

In a college basketball season marked with parity, South Carolina's continued dominance stands out. 

The No. 1-ranked Gamecocks ran past perennial powerhouse UConn on Feb. 11, 83-65, in their fourth win over an opponent currently appearing in the Women's Associated Press Top 25 poll. South Carolina also boasts wins over Notre Dame, No. 16 as of Feb. 12; Utah, checking in presently at No. 22; and a Southeastern Conference win over reigning national champion LSU, the nation's No. 13-ranked team. 

Never mind that South Carolina remains the country's sole undefeated team; the Gamecocks are one of only two teams appearing in the poll with fewer than three losses. The other is No. 17-ranked Gonzaga. 

Meanwhile, the only squad close to matching South Carolina's unblemished mark thus far is Fairfield out of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. At 21-1, Fairfield is knocking on the door of a historic entry into the Top 25. 

The Stags extended the nation's second-longest winning streak to 19 games with a 52-46 defeat of Saint Peter's last Saturday, a game that Fairfield coach Carly Thibault-DuDonis said her team will "take the win and learn from it." 

Fairfield's 19-game streak beats Gonzaga by a game. The Bulldogs picked up their 18th consecutive on Feb. 10 with a 71-47 romp over Loyola Marymount. 

Incredibly, Gonzaga heads into Presidents Day Weekend having held its last three opponents to 47 points or fewer — including Pacific to just 39 in a 65-point blowout. 

The next-longest winning streak belongs to Creighton, which moved its run to 10 in a row last week with 31 and 29-point blowouts of Xavier and DePaul. The Bluejays travel to St. John's on Friday, streaming here on FloHoops.com, before drawing UConn in a holiday matinee on Monday. 

That so many teams with NCAA Tournament aspirations, if not Final Four potential have taken a few losses speaks to the all-around strength of the game across the nation. No. 4-ranked Iowa may have one of the greatest players of all-time in Caitlin Clark, for example — one can debate where in basketball annals she ranks, but there's no debating she'll leave as the greatest scorer ever — but that doesn't mean the Hawkeyes are invulnerable. 

Nebraska handed Iowa its second Big Ten Conference loss in an 82-79 thriller, opening the door for the league's other team that stopped Iowa — Ohio State — to ascend to No. 2. 

The Buckeyes are winners of 11 straight over a stretch that includes both the victory over Iowa and a 74-69 defeat of current No. 14 Indiana. Ohio State's rallied nicely since some setbacks in the first month of the campaign, two of which came against the present No. 9 and No. 10, UCLA and Southern California. 


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Ohio State faces the same Nebraska bunch that beat Iowa on Valentine's Day, a potential roadblock in the Buckeyes' pursuit of the Big Ten regular-season championship. They'll try to avoid the curse that has been reaching No. 2 in the poll, a position that's been a veritable revolving door since the calendar turned to 2024. 

Since Jan. 8, Ohio State is the fourth different second-ranked team. No No. 2 has held that position in consecutive polls over the stretch.

  • Iowa (Feb. 5) 
  • Kansas State (Jan. 29) 
  • UCLA (Jan. 22) 
  • Iowa (Jan. 15) 
  • UCLA (Jan. 8)

As No. 2 continues to be an unenviable spot while No. 1 racks up more wins, the question looms: Will anyone be able to stop South Carolina in its pursuit of a second national championship in three seasons?

Feb. 12 Women's AP Top 25

1. South Carolina

Record: 23-0 

Previous; No. 1 

2. Ohio State

Record: 21-3

Previous: No. 5

3. Stanford

Record: 22-3

Previous: No. 6

4. Iowa

Record: 22-3

Previous: No. 2

5. Texas

Record: 22-3

Previous: No. 7

6. North Carolina State

Record: 21-3

Previous: No. 3

7. Kansas State

Record: 21-3

Previous: No. 8

8. Colorado

Record: 20-4

Previous: No. 4


Record: 19-4

Previous: No. 9

10. USC

Record: 17-4

Previous: No. 10

11. Oregon State

Record: 20-3

Previous: No. 7

12. Virginia Tech

Record: 20-4

Previous: No. 16

13. LSU

Record: 21-4

Previous: No. 13 

14. Indiana

Record: 20-3

Previous: No. 14

15. UConn 

Record: 20-5

Previous: No. 11

16. Notre Dame

Record: 18-5

Previous: No. 12

17. Gonzaga

Record: 24-2

Previous: No. 19

18. Louisville

Record: 20-5

Previous: No. 15

19. Syracuse

Record: 20-4

Previous: No. 23

20. Creighton

Record: 20-3

Previous: No. 21

21. Baylor

Record: 18-5

Previous: No. 18

22. Utah 

Record: 18-7

Previous: No. 20

23. Oklahoma

Record: 17-6

Previous: No. 24

24. West Virginia

Record: 20-3

Previous: No. 22

25. Princeton

Record: 18-3

Previous: No. 25