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Gonzaga women move to No. 20 in latest AP basketball poll

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018

Gonzaga forward LeeAnne Wirth shoots over Idaho forward Nina Carlson in the Bulldogs’ win on Thursday  in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward LeeAnne Wirth shoots over Idaho forward Nina Carlson in the Bulldogs’ win on Thursday in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
From staff and wire reports

The Gonzaga women, who capped their best nonconference season in program history with an 88-51 win over Idaho on Thursday, climbed one spot to No. 20 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll released on Monday.

The Zags (11-1) will open West Coast Conference play on Saturday at Loyola Marymount.

Meanwhile, UConn remained No. 1 after a pair of fairly close calls last week. The Huskies rallied to beat Oklahoma and topped No. 14 California to remain unbeaten this season. UConn won both games by less than 10 points – the first time the team has had back-to-back victories by less than 10 points in 10 years.

UConn was followed by Notre Dame, Louisville, Maryland and Oregon. Oregon knocked off previously undefeated Mississippi State last Tuesday to move up two spots in the poll voted on by a 31-member national media panel.

Stanford, Baylor, Mississippi State, N.C. State and Tennessee round out the first 10.

Every team is off until Thursday with Top 25 games returning on Friday.

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