Women's Basketball Now Ranked Fifth In The Nation

Dec. 3, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford women's basketball team is back among the nation's elite.

The 8-0 Cardinal, which is off to its best start in five years (9-0, 1996-97), jumped to fifth in the nation in today's Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls. The rankings are Stanford's highest since it entered the 1997-98 NCAA Tournament ranked fifth by the Associated Press. The Cardinal was ranked seventh in both polls last week.

Connecticut (7-0) is ranked first in the Coaches poll, and is followed by Tennessee (5-0), Vanderbilt (9-1), Oklahoma (7-0) and Stanford.

In the AP Poll, the Cardinal is tied for the fifth slot with Iowa State (4-0). Connecticut is also first according to the AP, followed by Tennessee, Oklahoma and Vanderbilt.

Stanford has posted six of its eight wins over teams that qualified for the post-season a year ago (two NCAA, four WNIT), and has won each of its eight games by 11 points or more. Stanford's average margin of victory is 22.1 points per game (87.9-65.8).

Stanford, which is now taking a two-week break for final examinations, returns to action with a home showdown against second-ranked Tennessee on Sunday, December 16 at 1:00 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.

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