The Huskies enter the rankings at No. 25, and their first test as a ranked team is at No. 16 Stanford on Friday.
There won’t be much time for the Washington women’s basketball team to celebrate its new national ranking.
At No. 25, the Huskies (15-4 overall, 6-2 Pac-12) entered The Associated Press Top 25 poll on Monday for the first time since 2003, another step forward for a program that has gradually returned to national relevance.
The Huskies’ first test as a ranked team? That will come Friday night on the road against perennial power Stanford (15-5, 5-3), ranked No. 16 in this week’s poll.
The Huskies haven’t won at Stanford since February 1999. That’s a streak of 15 consecutive losses on The Farm.
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On Sunday, the Huskies play at rebuilding California (10-9, 1-7). UW hasn’t swept Stanford and Cal in the Bay Area since 1987.
Last season, coach Mike Neighbors led the Huskies to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2007. With an RPI of No. 17 this week, UW is in prime position to earn a second consecutive NCAA bid.
Also Monday, UW junior guard Kelsey Plum, who continues to lead the nation in scoring at 27.2 points per game, was named one of 16 players to the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award midseason watch list for the national player of the year.
She was earlier named to the Wooden Award midseason watch list.
Plum also leads the nation lead with 146 free throws made, and averages 3.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists.