UK Women's Basketball

Kentucky women’s basketball makes move up in poll

Herald-Leader Staff Report

Kentucky forward Evelyn Akhator (13) shoots over Georgia forward Mackenzie Engram (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Athens, Ga.
Kentucky forward Evelyn Akhator (13) shoots over Georgia forward Mackenzie Engram (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Athens, Ga. AP

The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season with a pair of impressive victories last week and was rewarded Monday with a move upward in The Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Kentucky (13-1) moved from No. 10 to No. 9 after victories over Alabama at home and Georgia on the road last week. Kentucky had climbed as high as No. 7 before falling at Auburn on Jan. 3.

The Wildcats return to action Thursday night in Memorial Coliseum against second-ranked South Carolina.

Louisville, which opened the season No. 8 in the country before dropping all the way out of the top 25, moved back in at No. 23 on Monday.

Associated Press Top 25

Record

Points

Previous ranking

1. UConn (32 first-place votes)

14-0

800

1

2. South Carolina

15-0

765

2

3. Notre Dame

15-1

735

3

4. Texas

15-0

706

4

5. Ohio St.

12-3

640

5

6. Baylor

16-1

632

6

7. Mississippi St.

16-1

621

7

8. Maryland

14-2

592

8

9. Kentucky

13-1

543

10

10. Arizona St.

13-3

502

14

11. Stanford

13-3

447

9

12. Oregon St.

12-3

406

11

13. Tennessee

11-4

371

12

14. Oklahoma

12-3

358

17

15. Texas A&M

12-4

301

13

16. Florida St.

11-4

293

19

17. UCLA

11-4

287

15

18. Michigan St.

12-3

265

23

19. South Florida

10-4

234

22

20. Florida

14-2

134

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21. Miami

15-2

121

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22. Duke

12-5

116

18

23. Louisville

12-5

111

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24. Missouri

14-2

99

20

25. Southern Cal

14-2

69

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Others receiving votes: Northwestern 58, DePaul 50, Purdue 47, West Virginia 18, Duquesne 17, Syracuse 13, California 12, Oklahoma St. 9, St. John’s 7, Iowa 6, UTEP 6, Green Bay 3, S. Dakota St. 2, Seton Hall 2, Utah 2.

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