MSU matches highest ranking ever

Vic Schaefer's Bulldogs cracked the top 10 this week in the Associated Press poll.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Vic Schaefer’s Bulldogs cracked the top 10 this week in the Associated Press poll. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi State has moved into the top 10 of The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for the first time in nearly 13 years.

The Bulldogs, who opened the season with a 68-47 win over Samford on Friday, jumped up one spot from their preseason ranking. The No. 10 ranking ties for MSU’s highest ever showing – it was ranked 10th late in the 2002-03 season.

Up next for Vic Scheafer’s team is a home game against Grambling State on Saturday.

UConn remains the No. 1 team in the poll, which was released today.

The Huskies open their season tonight when they visit No. 7 Ohio State. The Buckeyes lost to No. 2 South Carolina on Friday and dropped one spot in the first regular season Top 25 poll. Ohio State is believed to be the first program to begin the year playing the top two teams in the country.

The top five teams stayed the same with Tennessee, Notre Dame and Baylor following the Gamecocks.

Cal entered the poll at No. 21 after beating then-No. 8 Louisville 75-71. The Cardinals fell eight spots to 16.

North Carolina dropped out of the Top 25 after losing its first two games by a combined three points. It’s the first time in the history of the program that the Tar Heels have lost the first two games of the season.

Associated Press Poll – November 16, 2015

Rank      Team                              Pts.       Record   Pvs.

1              Connecticut (31)          799        0-0          1

2              South Carolina (1)       760        2-0          2

3              Notre Dame                   716        1-0          3

4              Tennessee                     713        1-0          4

5              Baylor                            676        1-0          5

6              Florida State                 583        0-0          7

7              Ohio State                     571        0-1          6

8              Maryland                       562        1-0          9

9              Oregon State                544        1-0          10

10            Mississippi State      497        1-0          11

11            Texas                              481        1-0          12

12            Texas A&M                    417        2-0          13

13            Kentucky                        373        2-0          18

14            Duke                               366        2-0          14

15            Stanford                        348        2-0          16

16            Louisville                       344        0-1          8

17            Oklahoma                     265        1-0          17

18            Arizona State                250        0-1          15

19            South Florida                225        2-0          20

20            Northwestern                211        1-0          19

21            California                      168        2-0          NR

22            George Washington    161        1-0          21

23            Michigan State             61          1-0          24

24            Chattanooga                57          2-0          25

25            Syracuse                        23          1-0          23

Others receiving votes: DePaul 43, Princeton 41, Florida Gulf Coast 40, Rutgers 31, Iowa 10, Arkansas 7, North Carolina 6, W. Kentucky 6, UCLA 5, Missouri 3, Dayton 2, Green Bay 1, Miami 1, Oregon 1.

Dropped Out: No. 22 North Carolina.

 

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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