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USA Today Coaches Poll: FGCU leaps into top 25 riding 18-game win streak

Published on February 17, 2015

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Florida Gulf Coast has an 18-game win streak. Photo: FGCU Athletics.

Florida Gulf Coast has an 18-game win streak. Photo: FGCU Athletics.

Connecticut enjoys its second week atop the USA Today Coaches poll after defeating No. 2 South Carolina last week. Florida Gulf Coast rose seven spots in voting and lands at No.24. Yesterday the Eagles entered the Associated Press poll for the first time in program history. The team moved to 23-2 this weekend with an 18-game win streak, the nation’s fourth-best and with an official RPI rating of 16. The RPI puts FGCU ahead of other ranked teams including George Washington, Princeton, Texas A&M, Chattanooga and Stanford, while the win streak sits only behind No. 1 Connecticut, No. 3 Baylor and No. 17 Princeton.

Other schools making leaps in the rankings include No. 21 James Madison rising five spots to No. 21 and Chattanooga landing at No. 22 after just missing the top 25 cut last week.

Last week’s No. 22 Syracuse, No. 24 Seton Hall and No. 25 South Florida all fell out of the poll.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Connecticut 24-1 799 31 1 0 1/4
2 South Carolina 24-1 764 1 2 0 1/3
3 Baylor 24-1 737 0 3 0 3/13
4 Notre Dame 24-2 705 0 4 0 1/7
5 Maryland 23-2 670 0 5 0 5/11
6 Tennessee 22-3 643 0 6 0 4/14
7 Louisville 22-3 594 0 8 1 4/11
8 Oregon State 23-2 574 0 9 1 7/21
9 Florida State 23-3 530 0 7 -2 7/NR
10 Kentucky 19-6 475 0 10 0 8/14
11 Iowa 21-4 462 0 13 2 11/24
12 Duke 19-7 441 0 11 -1 7/16
13 Arizona State 22-4 404 0 12 -1 10/NR
14 North Carolina 20-6 391 0 14 0 6/14
15 Texas A&M 20-6 355 0 16 1 5/16
16 Mississippi State 24-4 332 0 15 -1 15/NR
17 Princeton 23-0 264 0 18 1 17/NR
18 Rutgers 19-6 248 0 17 -1 17/NR
19 Stanford 19-7 229 0 19 0 1/19
20 Nebraska 18-7 161 0 20 0 14/20
21 James Madison 22-2 106 0 26 5 21/NR
22 Chattanooga 23-3 82 0 28 6 22/NR
23 George Washington 22-3 79 0 21 -2 21/NR
24 Florida Gulf Coast 23-2 62 0 31 7
25 Texas 16-8 58 0 23 -2 3/25

*Hi/Low Rankings

Hi/Low = The highest and lowest ranking each team has held during the designated season. Any team that starts the season unranked and/or falls out of the top 25 during the season will reflect a “NR” (not ranked) designation as its lowest rank.

Schools Dropped Out

No. 22 Syracuse, No. 24 Seton Hall, No. 25 South Florida.

Others Receiving Votes

Syracuse 51; Seton Hall 49; South Florida 24; Northwestern 17; DePaul 16; Arkansas-Little Rock 16; Gonzaga 15; Miami (Fla.) 11; Western Kentucky 9; Oklahoma 7; Washington 6; St. John?s 5; LSU 4; Georgia 2; California 2; Oklahoma State 1.

List of Voters

The USA TODAY Sports Board of Coaches is made up of 32 head coaches a Division I institutions. All are members of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The board for the 2014-15 season: Kate Peterson Abiad, Cleveland State; Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, Albany; Zenarae Antoine, Texas State; Joan Bonvicini, Seattle; Joanne Boyle, Virginia; Lynn Bria, Stetson; Jamie Craighead, San Jose State; Kristy Curry, Alabama; Brooks Donald-Williams, McNeese State; Tonya Edwards, Alcorn State; Oties Epps, Evansville; Brittney Ezell, East Tennessee State; Stephanie Gaitley, Fordham; LeDawn Gibson, Florida AM; Sue Guevara, Central Michigan; Joe Haigh, St. Francis (Pa.); Jeff Judkins, Brigham Young; Krista Kilburn-Steveskey, Hofstra; Belle Koclanes, Dartmouth; Kellie Lewis-Jay, Florida Atlantic; Jim Littell, Oklahoma State; Dave Magarity, Army; Kevin McMillan, Tennessee-Martin; Faith Mimnaugh, Cal Poly; Brenda Mock-Kirkpatrick, UNC-Asheville; Mike Neighbors, Washington; John Olenowski, Manhattan College; Susan Robinson-Fruchtl, Providence; Rhonda Rompola, Southern Methodist; Wendy Schuller, Eastern Washington; Coquese Washington, Penn State; Amy Williams, South Dakota.


 

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