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Gonzaga women move to No. 21 in latest AP Top 25 rankings

Laura Stockton (11) of Gonzaga cheers from the bench against Washington State University on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 in the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. The Zags beat the Cougars 76-53. (Libby Kamrowski / The Spokesman-Review)
Laura Stockton (11) of Gonzaga cheers from the bench against Washington State University on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 in the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. The Zags beat the Cougars 76-53. (Libby Kamrowski / The Spokesman-Review)
From staff and wire reports

Gonzaga moved up three spots to No. 21 in the latest AP Top 25 women’s basketball poll released on Monday.

The Zags (9-1), coming off a 76-53 victory over Washington State, play at Missouri State on Sunday at noon.

Meanwhile, former Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves saw his Oregon Ducks slip from third to seventh after falling to Michigan State on Sunday. The Spartans enter the poll at No. 23. Michigan State (8-1) only had three votes from the 31-member national media panel last week. It’s the first ranking for Michigan State in two years.

The win was the Spartans first over a top-three opponent since April 3, 2005, when they defeated No. 3 Tennessee, 68-64 in the Final Four. It’s also the team’s first regular-season win over a top-three opponent since Dec. 2, 2004, when they won at No. 3 Notre Dame, 82-73 in overtime.

There wasn’t much other movement in the poll with many teams starting their exam breaks. UConn and Notre Dame remain No. 1 and 2. Baylor, Louisville and Mississippi State round out the first five teams in the poll.

Drake fell out of the Top 25 after losing at South Dakota State.

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