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Gonzaga climbs to No. 15 in latest AP women’s basketball poll

Gonzaga guard Laura Stockton celebrates a turnover by Santa Clara guard Emily Wolph on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Laura Stockton celebrates a turnover by Santa Clara guard Emily Wolph on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
From staff and wire reports

The Gonzaga women’s basketball team jumped three spots to No. 15 in the latest AP poll released on Monday.

The Bulldogs (19-2), coming off wins last week over San Francisco and Santa Clara, will play at Pacific on Thursday at 7 p.m.

At the top of the poll, Kim Mulkey and Baylor returned to No. 1 for the first time nearly six years.

The Bears (17-1) ascended to the top spot after then-No. 1 Notre Dame lost to unranked North Carolina on Sunday. Baylor, which received 24 of 28 first-place votes from a national media panel, last was No. 1 in the final poll of the 2012-13 season. The team was the top choice among voters for the final 11 weeks of that season.

“Anything that’s considered positive for our program and Baylor, we welcome. But really, what does it mean? It doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t win a championship for you. It just puts a bigger target on your back,” Mulkey said after the Lady Bears beat Oklahoma on Sunday. “It’s not the first time we’ve been ranked No. 1 … I don’t think it will change anything about the kids in the locker room. I don’t think it will change anything about our practices. Our focus, right now, is Oklahoma State, and then our big focus is winning another Big 12 championship.”

The Fighting Irish fell to fifth, with UConn, Louisville and Oregon following Baylor.

Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Stanford, Oregon State and Marquette rounded out the top 10. The Wolfpack are the only undefeated team left in Division I basketball.

BYU entered the poll at No. 25 while Missouri fell out. It’s the Cougars first ranking since Feb. 13, 2012. Along with Utah, BYU gives the state of Utah two ranked teams for the first time since 2006, when both were in the AP Top 25.

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