The Central Michigan women’s basketball team finished 20th in the final USA Today coaches’ poll, the highest-ranking in program history.
The ranking was tops for a mid-major program, and comes after the Chippewas (30-5) advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 for the first time.
National-champion Notre Dame (35-3) was No. 1, runner-up Mississippi State (37-2) second and Connecticut (36-1) third. Michigan (23-10) was among the schools also receiving votes.
“Considering all that Team 50 accomplished and to be recognized for our play in the postseason and throughout the course of the entire season, it’s a really nice feather in our program’s cap,” Central Michigan coach Sue Guevara said. “For us to be in the top 20, it’s a good benchmark and something we’ll continue to strive for.”
The ranking earned Guevera a $7,500 bonus, and brings her 2017-18 salary to $314,000 — $234,000 for base pay, and $80,000 in bonuses.
Central Michigan won a school-record 30 games and won the Mid-American Conference regular-season and tournament championships, before stunning LSU and Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament.