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Iowa women are ranked for first time since 2011

[ 0 ] January 28, 2013 |
Iowa's Melissa Dixon and Bethany Doolittle help up Jaime Printy during their game against Wisconsin at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Iowa won, 71-60. (David Scrivner / Iowa City Press-Citizen)

Iowa’s Melissa Dixon and Bethany Doolittle help up Jaime Printy during their game against Wisconsin at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Iowa won, 71-60. (David Scrivner / Iowa City Press-Citizen)

The Iowa women’s basketball team is ranked No. 24 in the latest Associated Press poll released this morning.

It’s the first time since 2011 that the Hawkeyes (16-5, 5-2 in the Big Ten Conference) have earned a spot among the nation’s top 25.

A 63-57 win over then-No. 23 Michigan on Sunday was Iowa’s sixth victory over a ranked opponent this season.

This week, coach Lisa Bluder’s team plays Thursday at Illinois.

“We’re playing very well right now and we have a lot of good weapons,” Bluder told reporters Sunday. ” I like the way our focus was (against Michigan)… and I think we will take good focus to Illinois. We’re going to need it.”

The Iowa State women (14-4) climbed to No. 23 in the AP poll after a road win at West Virginia.

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes women's basketball

About Andrew Logue: Andrew has been with the Des Moines Register for 15 years, covering everything from preps to Hawkeye and Cyclone sports, as well as the Drake Relays. View author profile.

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