Huskies Return To AP Top 25
March 5, 2001
SEATTLE, Wash. - Tennessee's first loss in more than two months sent Notre Dame back to No. 1Monday in The Associated Press women's basketball poll.
Notre Dame returned to the position it held for four weeks in January andFebruary, receiving 33 of a possible 40 first-place votes and 992 points fromthe national media panel.
Tennessee, which had been No. 1 for two weeks, had an 18-game winning streakbroken by a 77-74 loss to Vanderbilt in the semifinals of the SoutheasternConference tournament.
The Lady Vols (29-2), whose other loss was to Connecticut on Dec. 30, fellto third with two first-place votes and 927 points. Connecticut climbed onespot to second, receiving five first-place votes and 951 points.
Notre Dame moved to No. 1 for the first time in school history after a Jan.15 victory over Connecticut, which had been No. 1 until then. The Irish stayedon top until falling to second after 54-53 loss at Rutgers on Feb. 17.
Notre Dame was 27-1 heading into a Big East tournament semifinal withVirginia Tech on Monday night. Connecticut (26-2) played Rutgers in the otherBig East semifinal.
Conference tournaments and late regular-season games shuffled the poll, butWashington was the only newcomer, returning at No. 22 after being out for twoweeks.
Georgia beat Vanderbilt to win the SEC tournament and moved up two spots tofourth. Duke was fifth and Louisiana Tech sixth, followed by Oklahoma, Rutgers,Purdue and Vanderbilt.
The No. 10 ranking is the highest since Jan. 27, 1998 for Vanderbilt, whichwas 15th last week.
Texas Tech jumped three places to 11th, Xavier held at No. 12 and Iowa Statefell three spots to 13th after losing to Texas Tech in its last regular-seasongame. Utah was 14th and Florida 15th, followed by Southwest Missouri State,Iowa and LSU and North Carolina State in a tie for 18th. Colorado was 20th.
Penn State, Washington, Clemson, Baylor and Wisconsin held the final fivespots.
Washington (19-7), which leads the Pac-10 by one game with two to play,broke into the poll for the first time this season at No. 23 on Feb. 12. TheHuskies dropped out the following week after losing at Oregon but have wonthree straight since.
Arizona State dropped out from No. 22 after losing road games to Oregon andOregon State last week. The Sun Devils had been ranked for four weeks.
Iowa made the biggest jump within the poll, vaulting from 23rd to 17th afterbeating Purdue in the championship game of the Big Ten tournament. The Hawkeyes(20-9) entered the poll three weeks ago for the first time since 1998. Theyhave won 12 of their last 13.
North Carolina State and Colorado both moved up three places.
Wisconsin, which lost to Illinois in the Big Ten quarterfinal, fell from20th to 25th for the biggest drop within the poll. Florida tumbled four placesto 15th after losing to Arkansas in the SEC quarterfinals.
By CHUCK SCHOFFNER
AP Sports Writer
The Women's Top Twenty Five
By The Associated Press
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' women's college basketball poll,with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 4, 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. Notre Dame (33) 27-1 992 2 2. Connecticut (5) 26-2 951 3 3. Tennessee (2) 29-2 927 1 4. Georgia 26-5 829 6 5. Duke 27-3 820 4 6. Louisiana Tech 26-4 796 5 7. Oklahoma 24-4 788 7 8. Rutgers 22-6 671 9 9. Purdue 26-6 627 810. Vanderbilt 21-9 605 1511. Texas Tech 22-5 569 1412. Xavier 26-2 550 1213. Iowa St. 22-5 543 1014. Utah 25-2 506 1315. Florida 23-5 491 1116. SW Missouri St. 22-5 349 1817. Iowa 20-9 321 2318. LSU 19-10 287 1618. N.C. State 20-9 287 2120. Colorado 20-7 227 1721. Penn St. 19-9 144 1922. Washington 19-7 105 -23. Clemson 20-9 95 2524. Baylor 20-7 94 2425. Wisconsin 18-9 77 20
Others receiving votes: Arizona St. 62, Drake 40, Virginia Tech 32,Villanova 30, Toledo 28, Michigan 21, Colorado St. 20, George Washington 19,St. Mary's, Cal. 18, Arkansas 15, Missouri 15, Texas 15, TCU 13, Idaho St. 11,Wis.-Green Bay 4, Arizona 3, Oregon 2, Maryland 1.