The Louisville women’s basketball team is up to No. 2 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, setting up a showdown between the nation’s top two teams Thursday night in South Bend.
Connecticut, previously ranked No. 1, lost on the road to Baylor last week, snapping the program’s 126-game regular season winning streak. The Huskies’ loss allowed the Cards to slide up to No. 2 and Notre Dame to jump to No. 1. That means the nation’s top two teams will meet Thursday night in a 7 p.m. game that will be carried by ESPN.
The Fighting Irish and the Cardinals are developing quite the rivalry. A season ago, Louisville smashed Notre Dame 100-67 in the regular season and then toppled them again (74-72) in the ACC tournament championship. A third meeting nearly happened in the national title game, but U of L was dealt a heartbreaking overtime loss to Mississippi State, the team Notre Dame wound up beating at the buzzer to earn Muffet McGraw her second national championship.
Thursday night should be a blast.
Here’s the first full poll of 2019:
|RANK||TEAM||POINTS||FIRST PLACE||BALLOTS||LAST WEEK|
|8||North Carolina State||536||0||30||9|
Others receiving votes: Miami 44, Rutgers 41, Missouri 39, DePaul 23, Texas A&M 8, South Dakota 5, Central Michigan 3, Utah 2, Butler 2, Drake 2, Ohio 2, Virginia Tech 1, UCF 1.