FSU women’s basketball: Noles climb to No. 19 in latest polls

FSU women’s basketball (20-5, 9-3 ACC) entered the top 25 rankings for the first time before two tough games a couple of weeks ago.

They checked in at No. 24 with games against No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 16 Duke. The Notre Dame game was a four-point game late in the fourth quarter before the Irish pulled away in the final minutes to win by 13.

However, FSU dismantled Duke a few nights later, winning by 13 points, although Duke coach Kara Lawson made a false claim about playing the first half with a men’s basketball.

Nevertheless, the FSU women’s basketball team kept their focus en route to a lopsided 72-44 win over Wake Forest Thursday night at the Tucker Center.

The win was their 20th and coach Brooke Wyckoff is starting to gain consideration for College Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year.  Their latest win has them climbing into the top 20 at No. 19 in the latest rankings.

They have an important stretch of games this week, as they travel to Miami Thursday night and then travel to play against No. 11 Virginia Tech Sunday afternoon.

The ACC has the most women’s teams in the top 25 and three in the top 11. FSU continues to be led by freshman sensation Ta’Niya Latson, who is averaging 22.5 points per game.

She has been named to the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Top Ten Watchlist. You can vote for her daily here.

The Hokies are the only remaining ranked team left on the schedule. The Noles should wrap up the regular season with a good chance to win the ACC regular season title if they can win out. First place Duke must play Virginia Tech, NC State, and North Carolina, all ranked teams before they end their season.