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Utah Moves Up To No. 14; BYU Cracks Top 25

Jan 28, 2019, 11:59 AM
Utah Utes guard Erika Bean (11) drives upcourt in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (Jeffrey...
Utah Utes guard Erika Bean (11) drives upcourt in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)
(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – After sweeping the Bay Area schools over the week that was capped with an upset victory over No. 6 Stanford, the University of Utah Women’s Basketball Team moved up from No. 21 to No. 14 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll. The BYU Cougars won their 11th straight game and are now No. 25 in the latest ranking.

The Utes beat the Stanford Cardinal for the first time in school history with a 75-68 victory at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. They are off to their best start in program history with a 17-1 overall record and 7-1 in the Pac-12. Utah has won their last six games.

They are one of five teams in the conference that is ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll. Oregon moved up from No. 5 to No. 4 with their 19-1 record, the Utes will face the Ducks on Friday in Eugene on the Pac-12 Networks at 8 p.m.

Stanford dropped from No. 6 to No. 8 with their loss to Utah. Oregon State stays at No. 9 with their 17-3 record. Arizona State rounds out the ranked teams in the Pac-12 at No. 21, falling five spots from No. 16.

The last time Utah was ranked before last week was during the 2007-08 season when they were No. 20. They climbed all the way to No. 15 during that season.


BYU has won their last 11 games and are 17-3 overall. They haven’t lost a West Coast Conference game this season and are 9-0. The Cougars beat then No. 13 Gonzaga back on January 17 at the Marriott Center.

The last time that BYU was ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll was on February 23, 2012, when they were ranked No. 23. Their 11-game winning streak ties for the third longest winning streak in program history. The record is 16 games during the 2015-16 season.

They will travel to Loyola Marymount on Thursday at 6 p.m. on TheW.tv.

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