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Kentucky Women’s Team Finishes 16th in Final AP Poll

The Associated Press released its final Top 25 of the women’s basketball season today, and your University of Wildcats came in at No. 16.

After a 22-8 season, Matthew Mitchell’s Wildcats are one of five SEC teams in the the poll, along with No. 1 South Carolina, No. 9 Mississippi State, No. 18 Texas A&M, and No. 24 Arkansas. In-state rival Louisville is No. 6.

TEAM RECORD POINTS PREV
1. South Carolina (26) 32-1 746 1
2. Oregon (4) 31-2 724 2
3. Baylor 28-2 676 3
4. Maryland 28-4 654 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 St. 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 St. 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 St. 24-8 239 18
20. Indiana 24-8 194 20
21. Iowa 23-7 174 21
22. Princeton 26-1 163 22
23. Missouri St. 26-4 121 23
24. Arkansas 24-8 97 24
25. Arizona St. 20-11 31 25
  • Others receiving votes: TCU 11, Ohio St. 10, Boston College 6, Marquette 5, Rutgers 4, Florida Gulf Coast 3, Texas 2, Boise St. 2, Iowa St. 2, Duke 1, Cent Michigan 1.

Speaking of women’s basketball, ESPN’s Graham Hays gave Rhyne Howard a much-deserved shoutout in his article about the biggest “What Ifs” of the 2020 NCAA Tournament.

Rhyne Howard’s ascension

The NCAA tournament often sets up seasons to come. Remember Ionescu leading 10th-seeded Oregon to an unlikely regional final as a freshman? Or A’ja Wilson experiencing the disappointment of a Sweet 16 upset loss as a sophomore? That was the space Kentucky’s Howard occupied this month. The nation’s second-leading scorer this season, and the salve for all the turmoil that surrounded the Wildcats not so long ago, Howard might have done something special with a team that Charlie Creme projected as a No. 6 seed — a sweet spot for surprises that allows an underdog to avoid a No. 1 seed for a long time. But long run or early exit, whatever Howard did would have set up one of the sport’s biggest stories next season.

How incredible was Howard’s sophomore season? This infographic from Kentucky sums it up.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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