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.

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