• October 19, 2021

STI/Hoopfeed Poll: South Carolina holds steady at No. 1; Northwestern enters at No. 21

Northwestern enters the poll at No. 21

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South Carolina holds steady at No. 1 for the second week in a row in the current Sport Tours International/Hoopfeed Top 25 Poll. The Gamecocks cruised by Missouri Thursday night and survived a tough top-ten contest that went down to the wire against Mississippi State this past Monday night, 81-79. With such a close contest against the top team in the country, the Bulldogs stayed at No. 10.

Baylor remained in the No. 2 spot with the program hitting a milestone in conference play. With a win over West Virginia, the Lady Bears earned their 45th consecutive regular-season conference game, a Big 12 record.

West Virginia had a tough week losing to unranked Oklahoma last Wednesday and finishing the week with the loss to Baylor. As a result, the Mountaineers fell seven places to land at No. 24.

Oregon and UConn are in a tie this week at No. 3. Out West, the Ducks swept the Bay Area’s Pac-12 schools, first taking down Stanford on Thursday and following up with a rout of California. In the Stanford win, Oregon senior guard Sabrina Ionescu broke the program record for the career-points.

Louisville rounds out the top five. The Cardinals are on a 10-game winning streak and took down ACC foes Boston College and North Carolina in the past week.

Stanford recovered from the loss to the Ducks by beating No. 8 Oregon State on the road Sunday. The Cardinal landed at No. 6 in the poll, a drop of three places.

Previously undefeated UCLA experienced the most stunning defeat of the week, falling to unranked cross-town rival South California in a double-overtime thriller Friday night. The Bruins fell three spots to No. 9.

Indiana also saw a steep drop in the rankings, four places to No. 20. The Hoosiers are on a three-game losing streak that began Jan. 12 when they fell to Iowa. Over the past week, Indiana lost at home to Northwestern in an overtime contest followed by a defeat on the road to this week’s No. 18 Maryland.

Northwestern entered the poll at No. 21. The Wildcats are on a four-game win streak with a 6-1 record in Big Ten play putting them in a tie with Iowa for No. 1 in the conference.

Missouri State fell out of the poll after rising as high as No. 19. The Lady Bears dropped a game to unranked Southern Illinois in a 70-68 stunner Friday night. The last time SIU beat a ranked team was 1991 and with the victory, the Salukis ended Missouri State’s 13-game conference winning streak.

  • Other teams that received votes: Missouri State, LSU, Princeton, Rutgers, FGCU, Stony Brook.
  • Dropped out: Missouri State
Rank School Record Last Change
1 South Carolina 17-1 1 0
2 Baylor 15-1 2 0
3 – tie Oregon 15-2 7 4
3 UConn 16-1 4 1
5 Louisville 18-1 5 0
6 Stanford 16-2 3 -3
7 NC State 17-1 9 2
8 Oregon State 16-2 8 0
9 UCLA 16-1 6 -3
10 Mississippi State 16-2 10 0
11 DePaul 17-2 14 3
12 Gonzaga 18-1 15 3
13 Florida State 15-3 13 0
14 Kentucky 15-3 11 -3
15 Texas A&M 15-3 12 -3
16 Arizona State 15-4 18 2
17 Arizona 15-3 20 3
18 Maryland 13-4 21 3
19 Iowa 15-3 22 3
20 Indiana 14-4 16 -4
21 Northwestern 16-2 NR N/A
22 Arkansas 15-3 24 2
23 Tennessee 14-3 23 0
24 West Virginia 13-3 17 -7
25 South Dakota 17-2 25 0

The STI/Hoopfeed Poll is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of media members and other women’s basketball professionals.

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