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Texas rises to No. 3 in women’s AP Top 25 behind South Carolina, Ohio State; Iowa drops to No. 6

Texas rose to its highest ranking in more than a year in The Associated Press Top 25 women’s basketball poll after another week of shakeups amongst the top teams.

The Longhorns moved up two spots to No. 3 after four of the top seven teams lost at least one game last week. Texas hadn’t been this high in the Top 25 since the school was also third on Nov. 14, 2022. Texas has won seven straight games and closes out the regular season this week against No. 20 Oklahoma and BYU. The Longhorns are a game behind the Sooners for first place in the Big 12.

South Carolina remained the unanimous No. 1 team, receiving all 35 votes from the national media panel, after routing Alabama and Kentucky. The Gamecocks clinched their third consecutive outright Southeastern Conference regular-season championship and eighth in 11 years. They visit Arkansas before hosting Tennessee in the regular-season finale.

Ohio State was second in the poll. The Buckeyes clinched a share of the Big Ten title with their 14th consecutive win.

Stanford was fourth after splitting a pair of home games against Arizona and Arizona State. Despite the loss to the Wildcats, the Cardinal clinched at least a share of their 27th Pac-12 regular-season championship.

Virginia Tech moved up three spots to fifth. The Hokies have won 10 consecutive games and earned at least a share of their first ACC regular-season title at 14-2.

Iowa, USC and UCLA followed the Hokies. LSU moved up four places to ninth and UConn climbed five spots to 10th. It’s the first time that UCLA, LSU and UConn — who were in the top five in the preseason poll — are all in top 10 in a month.

FALLING WOLFPACK

N.C. State dropped six spots to 12th after losses to North Carolina and Duke. The Wolfpack had won eight of nine before the two defeats. Two losses separate second place and seventh place in the ACC standings; Syracuse at 13-4 is in second and North Carolina and Duke, both 10-6, are in seventh. N.C. State hosts Syracuse. The Orange are led by Dyaisha Fair, who moved into fifth on the NCAA career scoring list, passing Brittney Griner.

IN AND OUT

UNLV re-entered the poll this week, moving in to No. 24. The Rebels are tied for West Virginia in that spot. Princeton fell out after losing to Columbia. The Lions received two votes marking the second consecutive year that Columbia has received points in the Top 25.

NCAA REVEAL

The NCAA selection committee will reveal Thursday for the second time this year its top 16 teams to this point in the season. There has been a lot of movement amongst teams since the first reveal two weeks ago that had South Carolina, Ohio State, Stanford and Colorado as the potential No. 1 seeds.