The Baylor Lady Bears have been the most dominant team in the country over the past few years, so it should come as no surprise to see they have once again claimed the No. 1 spot in the AP women’s basketball poll.
This is the ninth straight week that Brittney Griner has led her squad to the top of the rankings, and she did so in style in Week 18. The superstar center put up a career-high 50 points to absolutely obliterate the Kansas State Wildcats and cap a 29-1 regular season.
But that certainly wasn’t the most exciting matchup, as No. 2 Notre Dame was able to overcome No. 3 UConn in a triple-overtime thriller to claim the Big East title and stay ahead of its rival in the polls.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis did her best to keep the Huskies in contention, playing a ridiculous 55 minutes, scoring 26 points, grabbing six rebounds, dishing four assists and swiping three steals, but her team could not contain Skylar Diggins.
The Fighting Irish star matched the 55 minutes, scored 29 points, pulled down 11 boards, dished three dimes and recorded four pilfers—although she had a nasty eight turnovers.
It was a battle for the ages and the rematch seems to be imminent in the Big East tournament.
One extremely interesting team to note that is back in the AP Top-25 for the first time in over a decade is the Toledo Rockets, as they are now 26-2 going into the season finale versus Ball State.
Toledo was able to nab the No. 25 seed, the first time being ranked since upsetting then-No. 4 Duke to open the 2001-02 campaign.
There wasn’t too much more change in Week 18, especially at the top. Duke fell to No. 6, while the Cal Golden Bears took advantage of the Blue Devils' loss to Miami and leaped to No. 5.
The Kentucky Wildcats climbed to No. 7 from No. 10 after knocking out Ole Miss and Tennessee, slotting now-No. 8 Penn State, No. 9 Tennessee and No. 10 Maryland back a spot each.
It’s been an interesting week to say the least, and we hope there will be plenty more excitement with the tournament right around the corner.
Here is a complete look at the AP Top 25 Rankings for the week of March 4-10.
WEEK 18 AP TOP 25 RANKINGS
2. Notre Dame
8. Penn State
15. North Carolina
17. South Carolina
19. Texas A&M
20. Green Bay
23. Florida State