TUCSON, Ariz — For the first time ever, Arizona women's basketball, at number 18, is ranked higher than the men's team, which comes in at number 24 in the latest Associated Press poll.
Now, the ladies put their 11-0 record, and 17 game winning streak dating back to last year's WNIT win, on the line Sunday at rival Arizona State.
"I think it's exciting," said junior Sam Thomas. "It's our first Pac-12 game. Our freshmen are going to understand the rivalry because we play at ASU first. It's going to be exciting. It's a true test. A lot of people are coming."
"I'm so excited," said junior Aair McDonald. "I've been waiting for this. I know that my team can compete with any team in the conference, so I'm excited to show what we can do."
The Wildcats may be ranked 18th, but there are actually, four Pac-12 teams ranked ahead of them, a sign of how strong the conference is this year.
"The top 6 or 7, it's hard," said head coach Adia Barnes. "I think ASU should be a top 20 team although they are not ranked now. I think every weekend, we are going to play very tough competition."