I remember one year the Hawks surprisingly started the season 13-0 (or was it 12-0?) and went into the all star break leading the division. They ended up making the playoffs.... and then getting bounced out in the first round. I'm just saying is all.
Then again, THIS Eastern conference isn't exactly the Eastern conference of the mid- to late-90s.
I think it just stems from a lack of knowledge in general about Women's College Basketball. People with just a smattering of interest in the sport could probably name off at least a dozen or more of the Men's teams who are regularly in the Top 25.