Michigan Wolverines climb to highest-ever ranking in AP Poll at No. 6

Maddie Nolan (No. 3) celebrates Michigan's win with teammate Naz Hillmon and coach Kim Barnes Arico. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

The latest women’s AP Top 25 poll is out, with Michigan climbing to its best-ever ranking at No. 6.

The Wolverines (18-2) had big wins over Purdue and No. 23 Ohio State last week. They will host No. 5 Indiana on Monday night in a game that could have regular season conference title implications. Indiana currently sits undefeated in the conference while Michigan has one loss to Nebraska. The Wolverines will also play No. 21 Iowa on Sunday. Iowa is currently third in the Big Ten standings with a loss to Northwestern.

It will be Indiana’s first game since Jan. 16 due to COVID-19 protocols.

“They haven’t played in a long time, so we’re going to prep for everyone,” Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “It’s such an interesting time in COVID, you don’t know who’s going to be playing.”

South Carolina continues its tight grip of the No. 1 ranking, receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes. Third-ranked NC State received the other top vote. Stanford remains No. 2 after taking down No. 8 Arizona.

Tennessee fell to No. 7 after a loss to Auburn.

FGCU and North Carolina both entered the poll this week at No. 22 and No. 24, respectively. Ole Miss and Duke, meanwhile, both fell out of the Top 25.