UCLA Receives First Top-25 Ranking Since 1999-2000 Season

Nov. 29, 2004

The UCLA women's basketball team has moved into the AP rankings this week, checking in at No. 25 after a 63-60 upset win over fourth-ranked Texas on Sunday afternoon. This is the first time UCLA has been ranked in the AP poll since the week of Feb. 21, 2000, when the Bruins were ranked 22nd.

The Bruins' win over Texas was their first over a top 10 opponent since the opening of the 1999-2000 season, when they defeated No. 8 North Carolina, 69-65. The Longhorns, which had defeated No. 1 Tennessee three days prior to losing to UCLA, dropped to No. 7. LSU takes over as the No. 1 team, followed by North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Stanford.

'I think we're playing very good basketball right now,' said UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier. 'It's so early but we're executing and doing little things really well. Hopefully we can maintain it throughout the year.'

UCLA (3-1) will next face Pepperdine (1-3) in Malibu on Thursday, Dec. 2 before hosting 14th-ranked Purdue on Sunday, Dec. 5 in a game that will be televised live on Fox Sports Net.

Stanford (5-0) moved up two spots to No. 5 in this week's AP poll. Arizona (3-1), which fell from the Top-25 this week, received votes, as well as Arizona State (4-1), Washington (3-2) and Oregon (4-0).

Associated Press Top 25 rankings

1. LSU
2. North Carolina
3. Notre Dame
4. Tennessee
6. Georgia
7. Texas
8. Connecticut
9. Baylor
10. Duke
11. Ohio State
12. Texas Tech
13. Vanderbilt
14. Purdue
15. Michigan State
16. Rutgers
17. DePaul
18. Minnesota
19. Kansas State
20. Boston College
21. Louisiana Tech
22. Maryland
23. TCU
24. Villanova
25. UCLA

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma 84, Arizona 41, Iowa 27, North Carolina State 18, Oklahoma State 17, Houston 16, Utah 12, Arizona State 8, New Mexico 8, Wisconsin-Green Bay 8, Richmond 6, Middle Tennessee 4, Penn State 4, Chattanooga 3, Montana 3, West Virginia 3, Temple 2, Washington 2, Iowa State 1, Oregon 1.

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