USC women back in Top 25

ashain@thestate.comFebruary 27, 2012 

South Carolina's bench applauds during the first half of action Sunday against Arkansas.


For the third time this season, USC women's basketball team reached into the Top 25 on Monday.

The Gamecocks (21-8, 10-6) were voted 25th after splitting games last week -- a loss at No. 10 Kentucky, which won the SEC regular-season title, and a win against Arkansas on Sunday.

South Carolina is the No. 6 seed in the SEC tournament and will face No. 11 Alabama at 10 p.m. Thursday in Nashville. The winner plays the third-seed Georgia at 10 p.m. Friday.

No matter what happens in the SEC tournament the Gamecocks appear to have locked its first NCAA tournament appearance in nine seasons.

USC's 21 victories -- including a win at No. 13 Tennessee, tying for the fourth-best record in the league and a top-35 RPI ranking should land the Gamecocks in the 64-team field.

AP Top 25

1. Baylor (40)29-01,0001
2. Stanford26-19462
3. Notre Dame27-29273
4. UConn26-38874
5. Duke24-48137
6. Maryland25-48086
7. Miami25-47575
8. Delaware26-16889
9. Penn St.23-565811
10. Kentucky24-562413
11. Green Bay25-159712
12. Georgetown22-652115
13. Tennessee21-850510
14. Ohio St.24-54858
15. Georgia Tech22-736717
16. Georgia22-735518
17. Texas A&M20-735114
18. St. John's20-830620
19. St. Bonaventure27-229419
20. Louisville20-829116
21. Purdue21-822722
22. Gonzaga25-412425
23. Rutgers20-812024
24. Nebraska21-710223
25. South Carolina21-846

Others receiving votes: Princeton 45, Arkansas 36, DePaul 34, California 25, West Virginia 25, Middle Tennessee 15, Florida Gulf Coast 8, Vanderbilt 6, Iowa 3, Fresno St. 2, Oklahoma 2.

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