Illinois women end 23-year drought in AP Top 25, LSU on the rise
After getting off to one of the best starts in school history, Illinois passed the Associated Press Women’s Basketball Top 25 poll on Monday for the first time in 23 years.
The Illini (14-3) are ranked 24th in their first Top 25 appearance since Nov. 27, 2000. It was a remarkable turnaround under first-year coach Shauna Green. The team was 7-20 last season and just 1-13 in the Big Ten. Illinois hasn’t had a winning season since 2012-13.