MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University women’s basketball team finished ranked No. 20 in the final USA TODAY Sports Top 25 Coaches Poll released on Monday.
West Virginia (24-11, 8-10) won its first Big 12 Championship title after making a historic run. The sixth-seeded Mountaineers toppled No. 3-seed Oklahoma (82-58), No. 2-seed Texas (62-59) and No. 1-seed Baylor (77-66) to win their first conference title since claiming the Atlantic 10 Tournament crown in 1989. The Mountaineers’ victory snapped a 20-game conference tournament win streak for the then-No. 2 ranked Lady Bears. WVU became only the second No. 6 seed in Big 12 Tournament history to win the championship.
The Mountaineers made their 12th overall NCAA Championship appearance and the 10th under 16th-year head coach Mike Carey. WVU has reached the NCAA Tournament in nine of the last 11 years and has participated in the postseason for a school-record 11 consecutive years. The No. 6-seeded Mountaineers defeated No. 11-seed Elon, 75-62, to advance to the NCAA Championship Second Round. WVU’s season concluded with an 83-56 loss to No. 3-seed Maryland in College Park.
West Virginia ranked No. 22 in the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll after appearing in the poll during 14 weeks of the season. WVU has finished ranked in both polls for the sixth time in program history and the first time in back-to-back seasons (1992, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2017).
There are three other Big 12 programs represented in the USA TODAY Sports Top 25: No. 6 Baylor, No. 14 Texas and No. 21 Oklahoma.