Sun Devils Move Up One Spot In AP Poll

Feb. 26, 2001

By CHUCK SCHOFFNER
AP Sports Writer

Tennessee, Notre Dame and Connecticut remained the top three teamsMonday inThe AP women's basketball poll, while Duke moved back to the No. 4 spot itoccupied earlier.

Duke's jump from seventh came after losses by Georgia and Purdue causedaslight shuffling in the middle of the Top Ten. Clemson was the onlynewcomer,rejoining at No. 25 after being out of the poll for two weeks, and Texasdropped out.

Tennessee (28-1), which returned to No. 1 last week for the first timeintwo years, won a close game with Vanderbilt and beat Auburn handily tofinish14-0 in the Southeastern Conference.

The Lady Vols received 36 of a possible 39 first-place votes from thenational media panel and had 972 points. Notre Dame (25-1) had 927 pointsandtwo first-place votes. Connecticut (24-2) was voted No. 1 on one ballot andhad906 points.

Notre Dame easily beat Miami last week, but had its worst homeperformanceof the season in a 65-53 victory over Georgetown. Connecticut had no suchproblems, beating West Virginia by 63 points and St. John's by 74 - the mostlopsided win in school history.

Georgia, last week's No. 4 team, lost to Vanderbilt on Sunday anddropped tosixth. Purdue fell from fifth to eighth after losing to Penn State in itsregular-season finale.

Duke (24-3), which spent four weeks at No. 4 before falling to seventhlastweek, is coming off a 76-53 victory over Virginia.

Louisiana Tech moved up one spot to fifth, its highest ranking thisseason,and was followed by Georgia, Oklahoma, Purdue, Rutgers and Iowa State.Oklahomawas up one spot, while Rutgers and Iowa State stayed the same.

The next three teams were the same as last week, Florida at No. 11,Xavierat No. 12 and Utah at No. 13. Texas Tech climbed one place to 14th andVanderbilt jumped three places to 15th.

LSU, Colorado, Southwest Missouri State, Penn State and Wisconsincompletedthe Top 20. North Carolina State, Arizona State, Iowa, Baylor and Clemsonheldthe final five places.

Clemson (19-8) was ranked for seven weeks starting Christmas Day beforedropping out after losing four straight games. The Lady Tigers rebounded toclose out the regular season with four straight victories.

Texas, which appeared in 12 consecutive polls, had a rough week. TheLonghorns (19-10), who were 22nd, scored only two points in the final 10:23ofan 87-47 loss at Iowa State and lost to Texas Tech 76-60 at home.

Thirteen teams in the Top 25 have finished the regular season and arepreparing for conference tournaments. Most of the rest have just oneregular-season game left.

Vanderbilt matched Duke for the biggest jump within the poll, threeplaces.North Carolina State had the biggest drop, falling from 17th to 21st after a76-64 loss to Maryland. The Wolfpack started the week with an 84-73 win overNorth Carolina.

The Women's Top Twenty FiveBy The Associated Press

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' women's college basketballpoll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 25, total pointsbased on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-placevote and last week's ranking:

                      Record  Pts Pv 1. Tennessee (36)      28-1   972  1 2. Notre Dame (2)      25-1   927  2 3. Connecticut (1)     24-2   906  3 4. Duke                24-3   804  7 5. Louisiana Tech      25-4   796  6 6. Georgia             23-5   754  4 7. Oklahoma            23-4   744  8 8. Purdue              24-5   706  5 9. Rutgers             20-6   648  910. Iowa St.            22-4   604 1011. Florida             23-4   597 1112. Xavier              25-2   533 1213. Utah                23-2   488 1314. Texas Tech          21-5   484 1515. Vanderbilt          19-8   435 1816. LSU                 18-9   373 1417. Colorado            20-6   327 1618. SW Missouri St.     20-5   287 2019. Penn St.            19-8   243 1920. Wisconsin           18-8   237 2121. N.C. State          18-9   159 1722. Arizona St.         19-7   157 2323. Iowa                17-9   102 2524. Baylor              19-7    70 2425. Clemson             19-8    65 -

Others receiving votes:Drake 51, Washington 41, Villanova 30, Texas 29,Toledo 21, Colorado St. 15, Louisville 15, TCU 12, Idaho St. 8, GeorgeWashington 7, Maryland 7, St. Mary's, Cal. 7, Denver 4, Michigan 3, Boston

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