SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s first-ever win over Stanford in women’s basketball was rewarded with a healthy bump in the rankings: one day after the victory, the Utes jumped to No. 14 in the latest Associated Press top-25 poll released Monday.
Utah (18-1, 7-1 Pac-12) vaulted seven spots in the poll one week after being ranked for the first time in more than a decade.
BYU (17-3, 9-0 West Coast Conference), meanwhile, joined the poll for the first time this season, jumping from the top team in others receiving votes to No. 25.
The Utes' jump comes just in time for their toughest road trip of the season, setting up the possibility for another significant rise in the rankings. Utah plays at No. 4 Oregon (19-1, 8-0) on Friday and No. 9 Oregon State (17-3, 7-1) on Sunday.39 comments on this story
Stanford (17-2, 7-1) dropped two spots in the poll to No. 8 after the loss to Utah. Arizona State (14-6, 5-4), at No. 21, rounds out the five Pac-12 teams in the AP top 25.
The Cougars took over the spot vacated by Missouri, which lost two games last week, after BYU beat San Diego on Saturday, the team’s 11th straight win.
Two road games — at Loyola Marymount on Thursday and Pepperdine on Saturday — await the Cougars this week.
Gonzaga (19-2, 8-1 WCC), which BYU beat on Jan. 17 in Provo, is the highest WCC team in the rankings, coming in at No. 15 in the latest poll after winning its past three games.