South Carolina unanimously No. 1 in AP Women’s Poll

South Carolina unanimously No. 1 in AP Women’s Poll

South Carolina was the unanimous pick as the first team in an Associated Press women’s basketball poll released Tuesday after a dominant win over the then-team. 2 ocon.

The Gamecocks won the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis Women’s Championship on Monday in the 61st meeting between the top two teams in an AP poll. The Associated Press decided to conduct the poll one day in order to reflect the outcome of the game – only the second time since the poll began in 1976 that it has been postponed.

Buoyed by the win, South Carolina received all 30 of the first-place votes from the National Media Committee after defeating the then-No. 9 Oregon and Ocon on consecutive days.

“It gives us another top-10 win,” South Carolina coach Don Staley said of Ocon’s win. “We said that before this match. Whether we win or lose, he can only help us.”

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Maryland jumped one point to second while the family of huskies slipped to third. The second ranking is the best in Terrapins since February 20, 2017. Indiana State and North Carolina finished fourth and fifth again this week.

Baylor remained sixth after a tough three-point loss to Maryland. The Bears followed Stanford, Iowa, Arizona and Louisville to finish in the top ten.

Maryland, Indiana. NC State and Stanford all play a major league championship in the Bahamas during Thanksgiving.

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South Florida moved up four places to No. 18 after a close defeat to the Yukon and a win over Oregon in Battle 4 Atlantis. The Bulls will remain in the Bahamas for a game against Stanford on Friday.

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The Florida Gulf Coast entered the poll for the second year in a row, coming in at number 25. The Eagles ranked 24 in the final two weeks of last season. Georgia Tech fell after losing to Auburn.

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Tennessee jumped five places to No. 11 after impressive wins over South Florida and Texas. It’s the Vols’ best rated since December 31, 2018, when they finished 10th.

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