LSU Women’s Basketball Ranked No. 24 in AP Poll

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LSU Women’s Basketball Ranked No. 24 in AP Poll

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Women’s Basketball team (6-1) came in as the nation’s No. 24 team when the AP Poll was released Monday afternoon.

“It is great to be recognized in the polls,” said Head Coach Kim Mulkey. “We know it is only someone’s opinion, but it is welcomed. Our season is just beginning, and we know what lies ahead with SEC competition.”

The Tigers have won five consecutive games and are fresh off a win over No. 14 Iowa State last Thursday and now LSU is ranked for the first time under Coach Mulkey. Alexis Morris had a career-high 25 points and Khayla Pointer added 20 as the LSU backcourt duo combined for 45 in the Tigers’ 69-60 win over the Cyclones.

LSU received votes in the Preseason AP Poll, but after winning the season opener against Nicholls, the Tigers fell to Florida Gulf Coast in the second game under Coach Mulkey. Since dropping the game, LSU has reeled off five wins in a row against UL-Lafayette, Tulane, New Mexico State, Missouri State and Iowa State – the latter two came against a Missouri State program that has been to back-to-back Sweet Sixteens and an Iowa State program that is consistently one of the top teams in the Big 12.

The Tigers played exceptional during the Iowa State game, both offensively and defensively, to hand the Cyclones their first loss. LSU shot the ball 45.2-percent (28-62) from the field and went 7-10 from beyond the arc. Iowa State entered the game averaging 82.6 points per game, but the Tigers limited them to just 60 and forced 16 turnovers with 10 steals. Ryann Payne had five of those steals, tying a career high. LSU led most of the game, surrendering the lead for just 58 seconds combined in the first half. The Tigers never trailed in the second half, responding with points every time the Cyclones attempted to mount a run.

The Tigers will resume play after exams wrap up when they host Texas Southern on Sunday, December 12 at 1 p.m. CT in the PMAC.

LSU was last ranked in the AP Top-25 during the fifth week of the 2019-20 season.

AP Poll – December 6, 2021

RANK TEAM PV RANK CONFERENCE POINTS
1 South Carolina (9-0) 1 Southeastern Women 750 (30)
2 North Carolina State (8-1) 2 Atlantic Coast Women 708
3 Connecticut (5-1) 2 Big East Women 700
4 Stanford (5-2) 4 Pacific 12 Women 624
5 Baylor (8-1) 5 Big 12 Women 600
6 Arizona (7-0) 7 Pacific 12 Women 587
7 Louisville (7-1) 10 Atlantic Coast Women 551
8 Maryland (8-2) 8 Big Ten Women 541
9 Tennessee (8-0) 11 Southeastern Women 529
10 Indiana (5-2) 6 Big Ten Women 526
11 Texas (6-1) 15 Big 12 Women 450
12 Iowa (5-1) 9 Big Ten Women 380
13 Michigan (8-1) 12 Big Ten Women 377
14 Kentucky (6-1) 16 Southeastern Women 350
15 Iowa State (8-1) 14 Big 12 Women 309
16 BYU (8-0) 21 West Coast Women 275
17 South Florida (5-3) 13 American Athletic Women 230
18 Texas A&M (8-1) 17 Southeastern Women 229
19 Duke (8-0) Atlantic Coast Women 203
20 Ohio State (6-1) 18 Big Ten Women 150
21 Georgia (7-1) 20 Southeastern Women 112
22 Notre Dame (7-2) 24 Atlantic Coast Women 90
23 Oregon State (4-2) 23 Pacific 12 Women 76
24 LSU (6-1) Southeastern Women 64
25 Colorado (8-0) Pacific 12 Women 52

 

Others receiving votes:

Florida Gulf Coast 51, Oregon 48, Florida State 40, North Carolina 32, Georgia Tech 29, UCLA 26, Gonzaga 15, Virginia Tech 11, Nebraska 11, West Virginia 7, Oklahoma 6, DePaul 4, Washington State 4, Missouri 3