Women’s basketball rankings: UConn, Michigan, Arizona suffer conference losses for top-10 reshuffle

TUCSON, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 13: Guard Madison Conner #4 of the Arizona Wildcats moves the ball down the court as forward Koi Love #5 of the Arizona Wildcats tumbles over guard Sydney Erikstrup #11 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the Arizona Wildcats' 62-58 win against the Arizona State Sun Devils at McKale Center on February 13, 2022 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Rebecca Noble/Getty Images)
By Chantel Jennings Feb 14, 2022 10
Happy Valentine’s Day to those of you who celebrate. And for those who might be looking for other reasons to celebrate, here are some things to find joy about on Feb. 14: Feb. 14, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell applied for a patent for the telephone; Feb. 14, 1991, “Silence of the Lambs” was released (celebrate however you’d like); Feb. 14, 2005, YouTube was registered on the internet, laying the foundation for where many of us have spent far too many lost hours; Feb. 14, 2022, the most recent iteration of my AP Top 25 vote was released.

See? Many reasons to celebrate. I’ll see you all in the comments.

Dropped out: Florida Gulf Coast (No. 22), Kansas State (23), North Carolina (25)

Almost famous: Stephen F. Austin, Princeton, Kansas, DePaul

Notes on the votes

• The NCAA released its most recent top 16 seeds Thursday, and by the time the weekend hit, it was already outdated. Then-No. 5 Michigan and former No. 6 Arizona had lost to their intrastate rivals. In my ranking, four of my top 11 teams suffered bad losses. It’s one thing when one team has a bad loss and teams around it have great wins (or even good wins) — that balances out a ranking. But when a large portion of that top group loses, it makes rankings extra tough. You can’t move up teams in the teens simply because they beat teams they should’ve beaten.