Austin (KXAN) – The Texas Longhorns women’s basketball team is back in the top 25.
Starting the season in 3rd place and then dropping out of the rankings due to injury problems early on, a big win over the then number. 15 The State of Iowa last week helped the Longhorns return to No. 25 in the Associated Press rankings.
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The Longhorns (13-5, 4-1 Big 12 Conference) finished ahead of two rivals in the rankings, and then – No. 23 Kansas State and Iowa went 2-0 during the week in Big 12 conference game, beating the Jayhawks 72-59 and the Cyclones 68-53 at the Moody Center.
Longhorns defenseman Shailey Gonzalez played a big role in both wins, scoring a season-high 26 points against the Kansas and helping to win the Cyclones with 11 points and four assists. For her performances, she was named Basketball Writers Association National Player of the Week.
South Carolina held the No. 1 spot unanimously, but after losing Stanford to Southern California, the Cardinal dropped two spots to No. 4. Ohio State moved up one spot to No. 2, and Louisiana State moved up two spots to No. 3. All three teams did not lose with a score of 18-0.
Connecticut rounds out the top five, followed by Indiana, Notre Dame, Utah, UCLA and Iowa.
Oklahoma is ranked 15th in the Big 12 Conference team rankings, followed by Iowa State, which is currently ranked 18th. Baylor, who spent 365 consecutive weeks in the top 25, was out this week after losses to Oklahoma State and West Virginia. . For the first time since 2004, the Bears were not in the top 25 in the rankings.
On Wednesday, the Longhorns will play Texas Tech in Lubbock.