Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Guru's AP Poll History: Tennessee Absentee Count Is Eight Last Two Seasons

By Mel Greenberg @womhoopsguru

Here are some new numbers after updating the 41-year AP Women’s Poll database.

Maryland is within two weeks at 445 the 447 appearances held by Louisiana Tech, currently in 6th place.

Terrapins coach Brenda Frese just moved into 25th place alone at breaking a tie with Lafayette coach Theresa Grentz, whose 225 was gained at Saint Joseph’s, Rutgers, and Illinois.

Frese is now one behind former Maryland coach Chris Weller, who is at 224.

This week conference poll representatives

Pac-12 7 schools: Wash, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona State, Colorado, California, and Oregon State.
ACC 7 schools: Notre Dame, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Duke, Virginia Tech, and Syracuse
Big 12 4 schools: Baylor, West Virginia, Texas, and Oklahoma
SEC 3 schools: Mississipi State, South Carolina, and Kentucky
Big Ten 2 schools: Maryland and Ohio State
AAC 2 schools: Connecticut and South Florida

Baylor’s Kim Mulkey has tied her former boss and coach Louisiana Tech’s Barmore at 274 appearances. But he also has an additional 51 shared with Sonja Hogg. But Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw at 321 is just four away from tying Barymore’s overall 325.

UCLA has tied PAC-12 sister and cross-town rival Southern Cal for 30th at 204 appearances.

Tara VanDerveer of Stanford at 512 overall appearances is just 10 behind former Georgia coach Andy Landers for second on the all-time list. She leads Geno Auriemma in the top two spots on the active list.

Tennessee coach Holly Warlick has been out of the rankings eight times and still counting these past two seasons – last four weeks of the 2016 season and four this time around - as opposed to the late Pat Summitt, who missed just 14 in a 30-plus years career.

The Lady Vols missed the first ever poll, four during one season and nine during another.

This is week number 718.

More to come