GU women bounce back into AP Top 25, climb in coaches' poll

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by Gonzaga University / KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 23, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 25 at 6:02 PM

SPOKANE -- The Gonzaga women’s basketball team bounced back in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, and then climbed in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs, who fell out of the AP poll last week, returned at No. 22 after receiving 138 votes. The Zags jumped to No. 20 in this week's coaches' poll after sitting at No. 25 last week.

The Zags, currently 17-3 on the year and 6-1 in the West Coast Conference, won two big West Coast Conference road games this past week. Gonzaga began the week by defeating Santa Clara, 81-68. The Zags then earned a tough 54-44 win at San Diego, who came into the game with a 4-1 record in conference.

New West Coast Conference member BYU also popped into the rankings this week, tied with DePaul University at No. 23. This is the first time in WCC history that two teams have been ranked in the Top 25.

Gonzaga does not play BYU until Feb. 9 in Provo, Utah.

This week the Bulldogs host Loyola Marymount on Thursday at 6pm and then head to Moraga, Calif., to take on Saint Mary’s on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Gaels are the only team to beat the Zags in their last 13 games.

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