With the women's college basketball season drawing to a close, BYU finally got some well-deserved recognition from the pollsters.
The Cougars ended up ranked 18th after defeating a pair of teams who were in the Top 17 heading into the NCAA tournament (NC State was No. 17, Nebraska was No. 12).
BYU might've done even more damage and moved up even further if they hadn't run into the eventual undefeated national champions from UConn.
I've got to give this Cougar team their due. It played its best basketball at the right time, took advantage of its strengths and generally overcame its weaknesses.
There is no doubt in my mind BYU earned that ranking and might've even deserved to be a little higher.
Congratulations to the Cougars for one last shining moment for the 2013-14 year.
Here's the complete release from BYU:
"PROVO, Utah— After its impressive run in the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships, BYU women’s basketball finished ranked No. 18 nationally in the final USA Today Sports Division I Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.
"The Cougars had been receiving votes in the weekly poll since January when they had a 13-2 record. Entering the NCAA tournament, BYU was five spots out of the Top 25 with 27 votes.
"BYU’s 2013-14 campaign was one of the best in the program’s history. The team captured a record 28 wins and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second time in school history.
"The Cougars entered the NCAA tournament as the No. 12 seed and recorded two upset victories over No. 5-seed North Carolina State and No. 4-seed Nebraska. In the Sweet 16 game, BYU gave No. 1 Connecticut all it could handle down by one 30-29 at the break. The Huskies would eventually record the 19-point, 70-51 victory over BYU on their way to winning the NCAA championship Tuesday night with a 79-58 victory over Notre Dame.
"The last time BYU was ranked in the Top 25 was during the 2005-06 season. They climbed to a No. 23 ranking on Jan. 18, 2006."