The Associated Press ranked the Indiana University women’s basketball team No. 22 on Monday, giving the team its highest ranking in school history.
The ranking comes after IU’s win over the University of Iowa on Thursday in the Big 10 conference opener. IU defeated the then No. 22-ranked Hawkeyes 86-84.
The ranking is IU’s first Top 25 ranking in 21 years.
The AP reports Coach Curt Miller predicted this year would be a rebuilding season after graduating three seniors last year, but the team has come together much more quickly than expected.
Being in the Top 25 is something expected in the basketball crazed state – on the men’s side that is. The men’s program has been ranked for a total of 175 weeks since the women’s only previous appearance in the poll.
Earning the first ranking since more than half his players were born is a great accomplishment for Miller’s team.
”We’re really excited now,” he said. ”We are just in the baby steps of rebuilding this program where it needs to be. We’re off to a good start and there is great chemistry in the locker room.”
Larryn Brooks, who was named Big Ten Freshmen of the Week on Monday, has been a major player. She led the team with 20 points in the game against Iowa and averages 18.8 points per game.