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Ohio State women’s basketball moves to No. 8 in AP poll

The Buckeyes currently sit alone atop the Big Ten standings.

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Matt Tamanini Matt Tamanini is the co-managing editor of Land-Grant Holy Land having joined the site in 2016.

Like the men’s basketball team, who cracked the AP Top 25 for the first time in nearly three years when the latest batch of rankings came out on Monday, the Buckeye women’s team continues to climb the rankings in hopes of eventually playing for a national championship at Nationwide Arena, just a few miles from the OSU campus.

In the latest AP Poll, OSU moved up two slots to No. 8, the highest position of any Big Ten team. Also representing the conference in the rankings are No. 14 Maryland, No. 19 Michigan, and No. 25. Rutgers.

At 16-2 overall, and 5-0 in conference play, head coach Kevin McGuff’s team sits alone atop the B1G standings, after their 77-62 win over Indiana on Saturday. Perennial Player-of-the-Year contender Kelsey Mitchell leads the league averaging 25.6 points per game, while red-shirt senior Linnae Harper comes in at 11th with 15.4.

Their classmate, Stephanie Mavunga, is second in the conference averaging 11.3 rebounds per contest, and Harper is chipping in with 8.8, ranking seventh in the B1G. For good measure, Harper is also tied for third in the Big Ten averaging 2.4 steals per game.

The Buckeyes will host Michigan on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast on BTN. The teams matched up earlier this month in Ann Arbor, Mich., with OSU earning a 78-71 win in overtime.

Women’s Basketball AP Poll 1/15

Rank Team Record Points Previous
Rank Team Record Points Previous
1 UConn (32) 15-0 800 1
2 Louisville 19-0 766 3
3 Mississippi State 19-0 729 4
4 Baylor 15-1 698 5
5 Notre Dame 16-2 665 2
6 Tennessee 16-1 630 6
7 Oregon 17-2 615 8
8 Ohio State 16-2 563 10
9 Texas 14-2 540 7
10 South Carolina 14-3 510 9
11 Missouri 15-2 478 12
12 Florida State 16-2 445 13
13 UCLA 13-4 419 14
14 Maryland 15-3 381 11
15 Duke 14-4 326 16
16 Texas A&M 14-5 272 17
17 West Virginia 15-3 256 15
18 Oregon State 13-4 236 22
19 Michigan 15-4 183 23
20 Iowa 15-3 148 18
21 California 13-4 123 24
22 Arizona State 13-5 108 18
23 Green Bay 14-2 99 25
24 Oklahoma State 12-4 96 20
25 Rutgers 17-3 90 21