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Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics

Women's Basketball Ends The Year Ranked No. 19

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 04/04/2012
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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team closed out another spectacular season by ending the year ranked No. 19 in the final USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Top 25 poll released Wednesday. The Bulldogs finished the season with 205 votes.

The Zags made their fourth-straight trip, and fifth in six years, to the NCAA Tournament in 2011-12 and reached at least the Sweet Sixteen for the third consecutive year. The No. 11 seed Bulldogs upset No. 6 seed Rutgers 86-73 and then knocked off No. 3 Miami 65-54 to reach the Regional Semifinals. The Zags season ended with a 79-62 setback to No. 2 seed Kentucky.

Gonzaga finished the year with a 28-6 overall mark; also won their eighth-straight West Coast Conference regular season title with a 14-2 mark.   

Baylor University ended the season in the top spot after winning the national championship and going a perfect 40-0.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

USA TODAY/ESPN TOP 25 COACHES' POLL - April 4, 2012

The final overall Top 25 women's basketball coaches poll, with team's RECORDS THROUGH TUESDAY in parentheses, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, ranking in the final regular-season poll (March 12) and first-place votes:

1

Baylor (31)

40-0

775

2

Notre Dame

35-4

742

3

Stanford

35-2

708

4

Connecticut

33-5

689

5

Maryland

31-5

637

6

Duke

27-6

620

7

Tennessee

27-9

588

8

Kentucky

28-7

555

9

Penn State

26-7

453

10

Georgia Tech

26-9

442

11

Miami (FL)

26-6

434

12

Texas A&M

24-11

426

13

Green Bay

31-2

409

14

Delaware

31-2

393

15

St. John's

24-10

287

16

Louisville

23-10

269

17

Georgetown

23-9

268

18

Purdue

25-9

237

19

Gonzaga

28-6

205

20

Georgia

22-9

139

21

South Carolina

25-10

132

22

Ohio State

25-7

129

23

St. Bonaventure

31-4

102

24

DePaul

23-11

85

25

Kansas

21-13

80

Others receiving votes: Nebraska (24-9) 70; Rutgers (22-10) 68; LSU (23-11) 42; California (25-10) 27; West Virginia (24-10) 16; Arkansas (24-9) 14; Oklahoma (21-13) 8; Middle Tennessee (26-7) 7; Kansas State (20-14) 5; Vanderbilt (23-10) 4; Florida (20-13) 3; Florida Gulf Coast (29-3) 2; Oklahoma State (22-12) 2; Marist (26-8) 1; Princeton (24-5) 1; Texas-El Paso (29-4) 1.

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