Thoughts on the AP Poll: Duke women's basketball stays at No. 9 after unbeaten week

Celeste Taylor drives with the ball against Miami.
Celeste Taylor drives with the ball against Miami.

After another two-win week for Duke, the newest AP Poll was published Monday afternoon. The Blue Zone breaks down all the new developments:

Duke on the rise

It was another two-win week for the Blue Devils, who opened with a road victory against Boston College and finished out with a win against Miami at Cameron Indoor Stadium. In its first game of the week, Duke showed its defensive dominance, holding the Eagles to the second-lowest amount of points scored in ACC history at 27 and never allowing more than nine points in a quarter. Against the Hurricanes, the Blue Devils were once again defensively dominant, allowing just 13 points in the first half. Because of two solid wins this week, the Blue Devils stay inside the top 10 at No. 9. 

The demise of Iowa State

It has been a difficult few weeks for the Cyclones, who now find themselves on a three-game losing streak. This week they only played one game, against unranked West Virginia, and they lost. Iowa State played a very weak second half, scoring just 25 points against the Mountaineers and ultimately fell 73-60. The Cyclones will have a chance to prove themselves against No. 17 Texas Monday night, but in the meantime Iowa State fell to No. 22.

Tar Heels slip

Although it beat Boston College in its latter game, North Carolina had a slow start to the week. Despite a 32-point night from guard Deja Kelly, the Tar Heels fell 75-67 to Syracuse Thursday night. While they started strong in the first half, the third quarter saw the Orange shooting an astonishing 80% from the floor and opening up a double-digit lead. The loss to an unranked team cost North Carolina, which dropped to No. 19 this week. 

N.C. State struggles 

Despite a 51-42 win against Wake Forest to start the week, the Wolfpack stumbled in its second game of this week's slate. It dropped a road game to unranked Virginia 71-59, and it hurt its spot in the rankings. The Wolfpack fell out of the poll this week. 

Full rankings

1. South Carolina

2. Indiana

3. Stanford

4. Utah

5. LSU

6. UConn

7. Iowa

8. Maryland

9. Duke

10. Notre Dame

11. Virginia Tech

12. Michigan

13. Ohio State

14. Villanova

15. Oklahoma

16. UCLA

17. Texas

18. Arizona

19. North Carolina

20. Gonzaga

21. Colorado

22. Iowa State

23. UNLV

24. Florida State

25. USC


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