Getting ranked so quickly wasn’t on Lindsay Whalen’s mind when she took over as Gophers women’s basketball coach.

But as it turned out, it took only one game as the Gophers entered the Associated Press poll at No. 25 on Monday. It’s the first ranking for the school since January 2015.

“We didn’t really talk about a ton,” Whalen said about getting ranked. “We just wanted to get off to a good start the first game and get a lot of fan support.”

The opening win over New Hampshire on Friday drew more than 14,000 fans. 

“It’s only one game and we have a lot of work to do,” she said.

Minnesota has a favorable schedule with just one road game — Wednesday at Xavier — over the next month.

“The good thing is we have one road game where we get the rhythm of what it’s like to go on the road,” Whalen said. “Then we have a long stretch at home before we go to Boston College. Win your home games and you have a chance to have a successful season.”

While Minnesota entered at No. 25, most of the poll was relatively unchanged. Notre Dame, UConn, Oregon, Baylor and Louisville still are the top five teams. The Irish are no longer a unanimous choice by the 31-member national media panel. They lost one first-place ballot to Oregon.

Top 25 teams went 39-1 against unranked opponents this past week with then-No. 21 Duke suffering the only loss with a defeat at Northwestern.

Two other Big Ten teams are ranked: Maryland at No. 9 and Iowa at No. 13.