Bulldogs make history with rise to No. 2 in AP poll

Mississippi State earned its highest ranking ever in the Associated Press Top 25 as it climbed up to No. 2 in this week’s poll.

Posted: Jan. 22, 2018 2:28 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) – Mississippi State earned its highest ranking ever in the Associated Press Top 25 as it climbed up to No. 2 in this week’s poll.


Vic Schaefer’s squad made the one-spot jump after winning at No. 6/7 Tennessee 71-52 on Sunday. State’s largest margin of victory in the series came in its highest-ranked road win ever. The previous best was a win at No. 9 Florida on Feb. 18, 2001.

State held the Lady Vols to a season-low in points, and with the win, matched the best start in program history at 20-0 and the top SEC start with a 6-0 record.

The Bulldogs, who join UConn as the nation’s only undefeated teams, earned their 67th-straight week in the poll and 31st-consecutive week in the Top 10.

State’s run in the Top 25 is the sixth-longest active streak in the country, while its tenure in the Top 10 is the fifth-longest current run. The Bulldogs have been in the Top 5 for seven-straight weeks, the nation’s fourth-best active streak.

In Sunday’s win against Tennessee, the Bulldogs were paced by 24 points from Victoria Vivians. Teaira McCowan added 12 points and 18 rebounds for her 15th double-double of the season, and Roshunda Johnson and Blair Schaefer contributed 16 and 12 points, respectively, in the win.

The Bulldogs return to Humphrey Coliseum Thursday to face Florida in a 7:30 p.m. contest on the SEC Network.

On Wednesday, fans can come to The Veranda for another edition of DawgTalk with Vic Schaefer. The show airs from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, and fans unable to attend are encouraged to tweet questions to MSU’s official Twitter account, @HailStateWBK.

Associated Press Top 25 Poll – January 22, 2018

Rnk. Team Rcd. Pts. Pvs.

1 UConn (32) 18-0 800 1

2 Mississippi State 20-0 764 3

3 Baylor 17-1 726 4

4 Louisville 20-1 703 2

5 Notre Dame 18-2 683 5

6 Texas 15-3 584 9

7 Oregon 18-3 568 7

8 Florida State 18-2 564 12

9 South Carolina 16-3 556 10

10 Tennessee 16-3 519 6

11 Missouri 17-2 497 11

12 Ohio State 16-3 462 8

13 UCLA 15-4 443 13

14 Maryland 16-3 394 14

15 Texas A&M 15-5 302 16

16 Michigan 17-4 297 19

17 Oregon State 14-5 269 18

18 Duke 15-5 222 15

19 Oklahoma State 14-4 203 24

20 West Virginia 16-4 202 17

21 Georgia 17-2 168 NR

22 Green Bay 17-2 164 23

23 California 14-5 120 21

24 TCU 13-5 43 NR

25 Arizona State 14-6 34 22

Others Receiving Votes: Stanford 32, Iowa 18, N.C. State 12, South Florida 12, Belmont 10, Marquette 8, Gonzaga 4, Nebraska 3, Florida Gulf Coast 3, Rutgers 3, Utah 2, Mercer 2, Dayton 1, Virginia 1, Purdue 1, South Dakota State 1.

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