Arizona moved up three spots to No. 18 in the AP Top 25 poll following the Wildcats’ first road sweep in the Pac-12 in nine seasons.
The Wildcats (15-3, 4-3 Pac-12) are in the poll for the ninth consecutive week, the longest appearance in the poll since the 2002-03 season when Arizona was ranked 15 times.
Their No. 18 ranking is familiar for the Wildcats. They were ranked at that spot for five weeks before losing in close games at home against Oregon State and Oregon last week.
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Arizona, coming off wins at Washington State and Washington last weekend, will host No. 16 ASU (15-4, 5-2) on Friday at 6 p.m. Adia Barnes and her players are hoping fans can pack McKale Center. The Wildcats will try to get the regular-season sweep of the Sun Devils after beating them last month at Tempe.
Arizona and ASU are two of six Pac-12 teams ranked in the top 25 this week.
The others: No. 4 Oregon (15-2, 5-1), No. 6 Stanford (16-2, 5-1),No. 7 Oregon State (16-2, 4-2) and No. 10 UCLA (16-1, 5-1).
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