Michigan falls to No. 10 in women's AP Top 25 poll

Doug Feinberg
Associated Press

Iowa had a huge week and jumped up nine spots to No. 12 in The Associated Press women's Top 25 basketball poll released Monday.

The Hawkeyes won a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship by beating then-No. 10 Indiana, Rutgers and No. 6 Michigan last week. It's Iowa's first regular-season crown since 2008.

Iowa guard Caitlin Clark blocks a shot by Michigan forward Emily Kiser (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, in Iowa City, Iowa.

Michigan, meanwhile, slipped four spots to No. 10. The Wolverines defeated Michigan State on senior night, 62-51, before dropping the season finale to Iowa, 104-80.

“This is when you want to play your best basketball,” Hawkeyes star Caitlin Clark said after the win over Michigan on Sunday. “And we’re playing our best basketball.”

South Carolina remained the unanimous No. 1, receiving all 30 first-place ballots from a national media panel. The Gamecocks, who have been in the top spot since the preseason AP poll, will be the top seed when the SEC Tournament begins later this week. South Carolina (28-1) beat Texas A&M and Mississippi to wrap up the conference regular-season title.

The top five teams were unchanged, with No. 2 Stanford followed by N.C. State, Louisville and Baylor. LSU, UConn, Iowa State, Texas and Michigan round out the top 10 teams.

The Hawkeyes' ranking was their best since early in the season when the team started in the top 10 before falling all the way to 25. They shared the regular-season conference with No. 13 Ohio State. The Buckeyes will be the top seed in the conference tournament.

Oregon, which was tied for No. 25 last week, fell out of the poll.

Associated Press Top 25 women's poll

1. South Carolina (30), 27-1, 750 (last week: 1)

2. Stanford, 25-3, 719 (2)

3. NC State, 26-3, 687 (3)

4. Louisville, 25-3, 659 (4)

5. Baylor, 23-5, 626 (5)

6. LSU, 25-4, 567 (8)

7. UConn, 22-5, 555 (7)

8. Iowa St., 24-4, 527 (9)

9. Texas, 21-6, 510 (11)

10. Michigan, 22-5, 492 (6)

11. Maryland, 21-7, 460 (13)

12. Iowa, 20-7, 395 (21)

13. Ohio St., 22-5, 329 (17)

14. Arizona, 20-6, 327 (12)

14. Indiana, 19-7, 327 (10)

16. North Carolina, 23-5, 300 (18)

17. BYU, 25-2, 258 (19)

18. Tennessee, 22-7, 245 (16)

19. Oklahoma, 22-6, 244 (20)

20. Notre Dame, 21-7, 224 (14)

21. Virginia Tech, 21-8, 113 (23)

22. Florida Gulf Coast, 26-2, 103 (24)

23. Florida, 20-9, 89 (15)

24. Georgia, 20-8, 51 (25)

25. Georgia Tech, 20-9, 50 (22)

Others receiving votes: Princeton 32, UCF 26, Villanova 19, Toledo 15, Washington St 13, Oregon 13, Dayton 12, Colorado 6, Kansas St 3, Mississippi 2, South Dakota St. 1, Kansas 1.