EAST LANSING — The Michigan State women’s basketball team dropped two spots in this week’s Associated Press poll after a 2-1 start to the season.
MSU garnered 241 points and is ranked No. 21 in an AP poll that features four Big Ten teams in the top 25.
Nebraska (3-0) is ranked No. 11, Penn State (2-1) is No. 14 and Purdue (3-0) is No. 18. Iowa is the top team receiving votes outside the top 25.
The Spartans bounced back from a season-opening loss to then No. 6-ranked Notre Dame last Monday to beat Canisius on Thursday and Dayton in overtime Sunday.
“We’ve played two top-20 teams in the country basically in our first three games,” MSU coach Suzy Merchant said. “It’s disappointing how we performed at Notre Dame and I think in this business you have to learn from the good and the bad. I thought our team learned from our first two games, certainly the loss at Notre Dame.”
Notre Dame moved up a spot in this week’s poll, while Dayton dropped out of the 25 for the first time in 20 weeks after losing in overtime for the second time this season.
MSU is just one of four teams nationally to have faced two ranked teams already this season.