The Lady Lions (3-1) fell six spots to No. 17 in the most recent AP Poll, following a road loss to unranked Delaware and subsequent win at South Carolina.
After starting the year at No. 12, they were bumped to No. 11 in the year’s first regular season AP Poll after going 2-0 in their first week. However, they are longer queens of the Big Ten in terms of rankings, as Purdue (3-0) climbed up a spot to No. 15. Ohio State (2-0) also made a major climb from No. 24 to No. 18.
Meanwhile, Iowa and Michigan State have seen their rankings take turns for the worse. After starting the year No. 30, Iowa (3-1) is absent from the rankings because of a home loss to UNLV. Michigan State (2-2) started the year at No. 26, but is now only receiving two votes in light of two bad losses to Villanova and Florida Gulf Coast.
The Big Ten is becoming more equal. Michigan and Nebraska (both 4-0) have climbed their ways into the receiving votes category as well, so there are now six teams present in the overall poll from the conference.
The current ranking of the Lady Lions means they could be ranked below No. 16 North Carolina when the Tar Heels come to the Bryce Jordan Center on Nov. 30. Coach Coquese Washington has already said that she is looking forward to that game, and now the stakes have been raised.