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Northwestern women’s basketball finishes No. 11 in final AP Poll

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A consolation accolade for a team that deserved so much more.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 25 Women’s Northwestern at Ohio State Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Even with the season canceled, the Northwestern women are still making history.

The Wildcats slotted in at the No. 11 spot in the final AP Top 25 poll of the season released Monday, marking the highest final ranking for the team in program history. The program’s previous best final season ranking was a No. 13 spot achieved back at the end of the 1990 season.

With a spot secured in the final AP Top 25, this 2019-20 campaign is now the sixth time Northwestern women’s basketball has finished the season ranked, and the first time since the final 1991 poll.

It’s barely any consolation for a team that had its eyes set on hosting a regional and making some noise in the NCAA Tournament, but it still stands to show just how remarkable and historical a season it was for Joe McKeown’s team. It’s still absolutely gut-wrenching to know that the last game this special group played together was a fluke loss in the Big Ten Tournament.