Women’s college basketball rankings: South Carolina finishes No. 1, Oregon No. 2 in final AP Top 25


If Kansas can argue that it should be awarded a men’s college basketball national championship based on the polls, the South Carolina women’s team also certainly has a case.

The Gamecocks finished the season ranked No. 1 in the final women’s AP Top 25 poll released Tuesday to put a cap on a 32-1 season that ended with a 26-game winning streak and an SEC Tournament championship. This is South Carolina’s 10th straight week atop the AP poll.

South Carolina received 26 votes for No. 1, while Oregon received the other four. Baylor, Maryland and Connecticut rounded out the top five in the poll. The Gamecocks also finished No. 1 in the final USA Today Women’s Coaches Poll released Monday.

“Earning the final No. 1 ranking in both of these polls does what our team wanted,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said, “it leaves no question of what they achieved, it solidifies their place in history and shows the world that ‘what is delayed is not denied.'” 

The final poll was also noteworthy because it cemented UConn’s lowest final ranking since it finished eighth at the end of the 2005-06 season. The Huskies lost 70-52 at South Carolina in February.

If the Gamecocks had won the NCAA Tournament, they would have finished 38-1, surpassing the 33-4 record they posted when they won the national championship in 2017.

Here is the final 2019-20 women’s basketball AP Top 25:

AP Women’s Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Rank Team Record Points Previous
1 South Carolina (26) 32-1 746 1
2 Oregon (4) 31-2 724 2
3 Baylor 28-2 676 3
4 Maryland 28-4 724 4
5 UConn 29-3 642 5
6 Louisville 28-4 588 6
7 Stanford 27-6 560 7
8 NC State 28-4 543 8
9 Mississippi State 27-6 505 9
10 UCLA 26-5 501 10
11 Northwestern 26-4 394 12
12 Arizona 24-7 385 13
13 Gonzaga 28-3 359 11
14 Oregon State 23-9 321 14
15 DePaul 28-5 298 15
16 Kentucky 22-8 283 16
17 South Dakota 30-2 259 17
18 Texas A&M 22-8 246 19
19 Florida State 24-8 239 18
20 Indiana 24-8 194 20
21 Iowa 23-7 174 21
22 Princeton 26-1 163 22
23 Missouri State 26-4 121 23
24 Arkansas 24-8 97 24
25 Arizona State 20-11 31 25

Others receiving votes: TCU 11, Ohio State 10, Boston College 6, Marquette 5, Rutgers 4, Florida Gulf Coast 3, Texas 2, Boise State 2, Iowa State 2, Duke 1, Central Michigan 1.





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