Texas center Charli Collier (35) celebrate a three-pointer in the fourth quarter against Stanford at the Erwin Center in Austin on Dec. 22, 2019. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Upset of Stanford boosts No. 25 Texas back into the Associated Press’ rankings

Posted December 23rd, 2019

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After a five-week absence, Texas returned to the Associated Press’ basketball poll on Monday.

The Longhorns (7-4) were ranked 25th by the AP’s 29 voters. Texas earned 40 points and squeezed into the poll’s final slot at the expense of Minnesota (39 points) and South Dakota (38 points). This week’s poll was led off by an undefeated Connecticut team.

Texas was ranked 15th in the preseason by the AP. After slipping to 22nd in the rankings that were released after the first week of action, Texas has been absent from the poll. Last week, Texas did not receive a single vote.

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Read more: Amid holiday season, Texas unwraps 69-64 win over No. 1 Stanford

Texas, which is idle until a home game against Northwestern State on Dec. 29, has won three straight games. Two of those victories were against Stanford and Tennessee teams that were ranked first and 17th at the time. A 69-64 win over Stanford on Sunday was UT’s first beating of the AP’s top-ranked team since 2004.

The American-Statesman casts one of the ballots for the AP’s poll. Below is how the American-Statesman’s Danny Davis voted:

  1. Connecticut (10-0)
  2. South Carolina (12-1)
  3. Baylor (9-1)
  4. Florida State (12-0)
  5. Louisville (11-1)
  6. Oregon (10-1)
  7. Stanford (10-1)
  8. Oregon State (11-0)
  9. UCLA (11-0)
  10.  North Carolina State (11-0)
  11. Texas A&M (11-1)
  12. Kentucky (11-1)
  13. Gonzaga (11-1)
  14. Arizona (11-0)
  15. Maryland (9-2)
  16. Mississippi State (11-2)
  17. DePaul (10-2)
  18. West Virginia (9-1)
  19. Indiana (10-2)
  20. Arkansas (11-1)
  21. Texas (7-4)
  22. Michigan (9-2)
  23. Minnesota (10-1)
  24. Tennessee (9-2)
  25. TCU (9-1)

A national ranking wasn’t the only good news that Texas received on Monday. Sophomore center Charli Collier was named the espnW National Player of the Week. Collier had 20 points against Stanford and her 19 rebounds were the eighth-most in school history.

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