Michigan Ranked for First Time Since 2002

Jan. 14, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After winning its ninth straight game with a 54-43 win over Wisconsin on Sunday (Jan. 13), the University of Michigan women's basketball team earned the No. 25 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, released Monday (Jan. 14). Michigan enters the AP poll for the first time since ranking No. 25 on Dec. 23, 2002.

Michigan, under the direction of first-year head coach Kim Barnes Arico, is off to the best start in program history with a 14-2 record. After yesterday's win over Wisconsin, U-M moved to 3-0 in Big Ten play for the first time ever. The Maize and Blue's current nine-game winning streak is the second best in program history and the longest since U-M reeled off 10 straight during the 2001-02 season.

"It is great to get the recognition at the national level," Barnes Arico said. "Anytime you can get your school's name mentioned among the best teams in the country, it is a great thing. We are going to continue to do what we have done all year, which is take it one game at a time and focus on getting better every day."

U-M has made 14 appearances in the national poll, with 10 coming during the 2001-02 season. The Wolverines' highest ranking came on Dec. 24, 2001, when U-M was listed at No. 12. Michigan's first-ever ranking came on Feb. 28, 2000, when U-M was slotted at No. 23.

The Wolverines return to action on Thursday (Jan. 17), taking on Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. CST.

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