Women's Basketball Moves Up To No. 2 In Associated Press Poll

Feb 4, 2002

By CHUCK SCHOFFNER
AP Sports Writer

Stanford became the new No. 2 Monday in The AP women's basketball poll, which again had Connecticut as a unanimous No. 1 and included Mississippi State for the first time this season.

The Cardinal (22-1) moved within one spot of the top after Tennessee, which had been ranked second all season, lost to Vanderbilt in Nashville. Stanford has not been this high in the poll since it was No. 1 the first six weeks of the 1996-97 season.

Tennessee (18-2) dropped to third in the voting by a national media panel. The Lady Vols' only other loss was to Connecticut.

Connecticut (24-0) had its closest game of the season last week, a 59-50 victory at Virginia Tech, but still received all 44 first-place votes.

The Huskies, who later beat Providence 85-61, had 1,110 points, Stanford received 1,027 and Tennessee 994. UConn has been ranked No. 1 all season and has been unanimous the last five weeks.

Mississippi State (16-6) rode victories over two ranked teams, Georgia and Auburn, into the No. 25 spot. It was the first appearance by the Lady Bulldogs since mid-January last season.

No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Duke stay where they were last week, and Vanderbilt jumped two places to sixth. The Commodores' victory over Tennessee was their first against the Lady Vols at home since 1990 and came only two nights after they lost at Arkansas.

Purdue held at No. 7 and was followed by Louisiana Tech, South Carolina and Baylor.

Kansas State dropped two spots to 11th after losing to Iowa State, which climbed four places to 12th. Colorado was 13th and Florida 14th, followed by Texas Tech, Boston College, Texas, Minnesota, Colorado State and Old Dominion.

Wisconsin, Georgia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Mississippi State held the final five places.

Mississippi State (16-6) has rebounded after losing three of four games in late December and early January. The Lady Bulldogs have won six of seven since then, including their last four.

A 72-71 victory at Georgia last week was the most improbable. Mississippi State rallied from 11 points down in the final two minutes and won it on LaToya Thomas' two free throws with 0.2 seconds left. Three days later, Thomas had 31 points and 13 rebounds in a 76-57 victory over Auburn.

Auburn, which had been ranked for eight straight weeks and was 25th last week, dropped out. The Lady Tigers (14-8) have lost four straight and have gone 2-5 since leading scorer Tia Miller went down with a torn knee ligament.

Iowa State's jump of four places was matched by Colorado, Boston College and Minnesota. Each won twice last week. At No. 16, Boston College reached its highest ranking ever. The Eagles were 17th in the final poll of the 1999-2000 season.

Wisconsin's losing streak reached five with losses to Michigan State and Purdue, and the Badgers fell from 15th to 21st for the biggest drop in the poll. Three weeks ago, Wisconsin was ranked fifth.

Georgia and Texas both fell three places. Georgia bounced back from its loss to Mississippi State to beat Kentucky. Texas lost twice, to Kansas State in two overtimes and to Texas A&M.

The Women's Top Twenty FiveThe top 25 teams in The Associated Press' women's college basketball poll,with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 3, total pointsbased on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-placevote and previous ranking

22-1 1,027 3 18-2 994 2 18-2 988 4 19-3 916 5 20-5 855 8 18-3 812 7
Rk. Team Record Pts Pv
1. Connecticut(44) 24-0 1,100 1
2. Stanford
3. Tennessee
4. Oklahoma
5. Duke
6. Vanderbilt
7. Purdue
8. LouisianaTech 16-3 807 6
9. SouthCarolina 18-3 714 11
10. Baylor 18-3 706 10
11. KansasSt. 20-3 670 9
12. IowaSt. 17-5 611 16
13. Colorado 17-6 560 17
14. Florida 15-7 422 12
15. TexasTech 13-7 418 13
16. BostonCollege 17-4 364 20
17. Texas 14-6 324 14
18. Minnesota 17-4 323 22
19. ColoradoSt. 17-4 265 18
20. OldDominion 15-5 247 21
21. Wisconsin 16-6 228 15
22. Georgia 15-6 205 19
23. VirginiaTech 15-5 180 23
24. NorthCarolina 16-6 121 24
25. MississippiSt. 16-6 105 -

Others receiving votes: Arizona St., 73, LSU, 52, Penn St., 35, TCU,33, Notre Dame, 31, Arkansas, 23, Auburn, 17, New Mexico, 17, DePaul, 13,George Washington, 11, Illinois, 11, Fla. International, 9, UNLV, 6, Iowa,5, Tulane, 2.

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