Washington State women fall to Georgia Tech in WNIT semis

Washington State’s run to the semifinals of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament ended Wednesday night with a 69-61 loss to Georgia Tech.

ATLANTA — Washington State’s run to the semifinals of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament ended Wednesday night with a 69-61 loss to Georgia Tech.

The Yellow Jackets (22-14) moved into the WNIT title game where they will face host Michigan on Saturday.

Sophomore Alexys Swedlund led the way offensively for the Cougars (16-20) with 21 points. The WSU season record holder for three-pointers shot 5 for 11 from behind the arch to finish with 75 this season. The game also marked the third straight for Swedlund with 20-plus points. She had seven this season.

WSU led the Yellow Jackets 54-43 with 3:49 left in the third quarter.

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But Georgia Tech went on an 18-0 run that didn’t end until Ivana Kemetovska hit a turnaround floater with 3:48 to play in the game.

AP: Kentucky top program

It all started in 1949 with Saint Louis on top. And 68 years later, The Associated Press poll has ranked a total of 200 schools through more than 1,100 polls — 59 at No. 1.

Now, for the first time, the AP is using that data to go past the Top 25 of the moment and ask: what are the top 100 programs of all-time? The schools at the top are a who’s who of college basketball royalty, starting with Kentucky. Kentucky is the all-time No. 1 with appearances in three-fourths of all polls and 124 No. 1 spots.

The AP’s formula counts appearances to mark consistency and No. 1 rankings to acknowledge elite programs. The results don’t factor in national championships because the AP doesn’t release a poll after the NCAA tournament.

The distinction is no surprise to Joe B. Hall, who coached Kentucky to its fifth title in 1978 and was an assistant under the legendary Adolph Rupp, eventually succeeding the “Baron of the Bluegrass” in…

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