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Jill Townsend pushes the ball up the court against UT-Martin earlier in the season. Gonzaga women's basketball has now matched its highest national ranking in program history.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs women’s basketball team has the No. 11 ranking in the nation, according to the USA Today Sports’ coaches poll.

The Zags are 18-1 overall with an undefeated 7-0 record in WCC play to start the year. The Zags rose two spots from their previous No. 13 ranking, and in the AP poll, the Bulldogs hold the No. 13 ranking. In the team’s 16-game winning streak, only one has been a single-digit win. That came when the Bulldogs defeated the University of Pacific Tigers 68-67 on Jan. 11.

The Zags are now tied with their previous record-high ranking of No. 11.

Before the stretch of wins, the team traveled to Palo Alto, California to go up against then-No. 3 ranked Stanford. After losing in overtime to the Cardinal 76-70, the Zags have been dominant in the Bulldog’s 16 game winning streak, winning against opponents such as Middle Tennessee, Purdue, Saint Mary’s and BYU.

During this stretch of wins, the Bulldogs have won 10 of the 16 games on the road, winning the Gulf Coast Showcase convincingly earlier in the season, dominating each game by at least 11 points. 

Baylor remains at the top of the coaches AP poll, followed by South Carolina, Louisville, Oregon, and UConn to wrap up the top 5. Stanford, Oregon State, NC State, Mississippi State, and UCLA wrap up the top 10 before getting to Gonzaga.

The women’s team will continue WCC play on Thursday the 23rd at 7:00 p.m. as they will be matching up against the University of Pepperdine in The Kennel.


Vinny Saglimbeni is a sports editor. Follow him on Twitter: @vin_sags31

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