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The Michigan State women’s basketball team took its first loss of the season last week, but still made headway in the Associated Press Top 25.

Michigan State (4-1) moved up one spot to No. 19 after splitting its two games last week, including an 84-76 loss to No. 5 Baylor in the Junkanoo Jam tournament in Freeport, Bahamas.

The loss likely resonated with voters. The Spartans led by as many as 12 before the Bears (6-0) came back to win the tournament and move up to No. 4 in this week’s rankings.

Michigan State also defeated Cincinnati, 103-63, in the tournament.

The Spartans are one of four teams from the Big Ten in the Top 25. Maryland (6-0) leads the quartet at No. 5, followed by No. 10 Ohio State (4-2), and No. 15 Northwestern (6-0).

UConn remains the nation’s No. 1 team, garnering all 32 first-place votes.

Women’s Top 25

1. UConn (32 first-place votes), 3-0, 800 points, (No. 1 last week)

2. South Carolina, 7-0, 760 (2)

3. Notre Dame, 6-0, 734 (3)

4. Baylor, 6-0, 707 (5)

5. Maryland, 6-0, 634 (6)

6. Texas, 5-0, 631 (8)

7. Oregon State, 5-0, 591 (7)

8. Tennessee, 5-1, 556 (4)

9. Mississippi State, 5-0, 551 (8)

10. Ohio State, 4-2, 524 (11)

11. Kentucky, 6-0, 477 (12)

12. Texas A&M, 5-1, 463 (10)

13. Florida State, 5-1, 395 (14)

14. Duke, 6-1, 371 (15)

15. Northwestern, 6-0, 302 (19)

16. Stanford, 6-1, 294 (13)

17. Arizona State, 3-2, 280 (16)

18. California, 5-1, 240 (16)

19. Michigan State, 4-1, 195 (20)

20. Syracuse, 4-1, 153 (23)

21. Oklahoma, 5-1, 151 (21)

22. Seton Hall, 7-0, 134 (NR)

23. DePaul, 5-1, 97 (NR)

24. (tie) South Florida, 3-2, 91 (18)

24. UCLA, 3-2, 91 (NR)

Others receiving votes: Iowa 49, George Washington 40, St. John’s 14, Miami 13, Dayton 11, Missouri 9, Oklahoma State 9, Princeton 9, Purdue 5, NC State 4, Western Kentucky 4, Florida 3, Nebraska 3, Southern Cal 3, Idaho 1, Oregon 1.

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