Ohio State Women's Basketball Plummets to No. 10 in Latest AP Poll Following Three-Game Skid

By Chase Brown on January 30, 2023 at 1:47 pm
Taylor Mikesell
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When Ohio State checked in at No. 2 in the AP Poll two weeks ago, it tied the program record for the best ranking in history.

However, the Buckeyes didn't hold that spot for very long. On Monday, Ohio State plummeted to No. 10 in the rankings amid a three-game losing streak.

After a record-breaking 19-0 start to the season, head coach Kevin McGuff's squad suffered their first defeat to Iowa on Jan. 23 as Naismith Women's Player of the Year candidate Caitlin Clark collected 28 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists for the Hawkeyes in the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes then dropped their second consecutive game in a blowout loss to Indiana on Thursday before losing their third straight to Purdue at home on Sunday.

Following their wins over Ohio State, the Hawkeyes improved to No. 6 in the rankings, while the Hoosiers are now a top-five team at the No. 4 spot behind defending national champions South Carolina, Stanford and LSU.

The Buckeyes will return to action on Wednesday when they hit the road to face Wisconsin. The Badgers rank second to last in the Big Ten with a 2-8 record in the conference and hold a 7-15 record overall. With Ohio State expected to be heavy favorites in the contest, the game should serve as an opportunity for McGuff and company to get things back on track as the team looks to finish the year on a high note.

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