SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah women’s basketball program jumped into the AP Top 25 on Monday, sitting at No. 21 after receiving votes in the last eight polls.
It is the first time in the Lynne Roberts era that the Utes have been ranked in the AP Poll after receiving votes in each of her previous three seasons at the helm. The Utes are currently 16-1 overall this season and 5-1 in Pac-12 play, with their sole loss coming against Top 25-ranked Arizona State on a buzzer-beater.
The last time Utah was ranked in the AP Poll was during the 2007-08 season, when the Utes went 27-5 and 16-0 in the Mountain West, advancing to the NCAA Tournament. The highest the Utes have been ranked was No. 11 in the AP Poll in 1998.9 comments on this story
The Utes are one of just nine teams in the country and three in the Pac-12 with one loss, tying for fifth nationally in win-loss percentage (.944). Utah ranks in the Top 25 nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (16th), assists per game (19th), field goal percentage (9th), rebound margin (25th), scoring margin (16th) and 3-point shooting percentage (15th).
Utah is set to host California on Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 6 Stanford on Sunday at noon. Utah’s Friday night game will be a Blackout game, with free attendance to anyone who wears black.