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BYU basketball: Women drop in AP poll after 1st loss, men all the way out

BYU’s Spencer Johnson (20) dribbles toward the basket as Creighton’s Rati Andronikashvili (21) defends during a game at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021.
BYU’s Spencer Johnson (20) dribbles toward the basket as Creighton’s Rati Andronikashvili (21) defends during a game at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021.
Matt Gade, for the Deseret News

It wasn’t the best week last week for both the BYU men’s and women’s basketball teams, and that was reflected in the latest Associated Press Top 25 polls released on Monday.

The women dropped four spots in the poll from No. 16 to No. 20 after suffering their first loss of the season last Friday to the Oklahoma Sooners, while the men went from No. 24 to receiving just four votes after falling to Creighton on Saturday.

The women had ascended to a program-high ranking last week after starting the season 8-0 and then led Oklahoma by three with 2:47 left in overtime before the Sooners closed on an 11-0 run and got the 99-91 win.

The Cougars remain the only women’s team from the West Coast Conference to be either ranked or receiving votes.

South Carolina, North Carolina State, Stanford, Arizona and BYU’s future Big 12 Conference opponent Baylor comprise the top five on the women’s side.

As far as the BYU men are concerned, they beat Utah State in their first game of the week but then got trounced by Creighton on a neutral floor in South Dakota on Saturday to drop.

The Cougars are now just 2-2 in their last four games after a start to the season that saw them be ranked No. 12 just two weeks ago.

Among teams in the WCC, Gonzaga is ranked No. 5 and San Francisco received 36 votes this week.

Baylor, Duke, Purdue and UCLA make up the top four.