UConn Still Unbeaten and Now Unanimous

Jan. 7, 2002

Connecticut emerged from an upset-filled week as the nation's only unbeatenmajor-college team and was a unanimous No. 1 choice Monday in The AP women'sbasketball poll.

UConn (16-0) received all 44 first-place votes from a national media panelafter a convincing 86-72 victory at Tennessee, which lost for the first timebut held on at No. 2. Oklahoma remained third.

The Huskies were the first unanimous No. 1 in the poll since Notre Dame theweek of Jan. 29 last season.

Four members of last week's Top Ten - Iowa State, Baylor, Georgia andPurdue - lost to unranked opponents, causing a major reshuffling after thefirst three spots. Only Iowa State stayed in the Top Ten.

Kansas State dealt the losses to Iowa State and Baylor and joined therankings at No. 14 - the highest debut during the season since the poll wasexpanded from 20 to 25 teams in 1989. Boston College also joined for thefirst time this season, moving in at No. 24.

Louisiana State and Cincinnati dropped out. Cincinnati lasted just one weekafter earning its first-ever national ranking.

Six teams were unbeaten at the start of last week, but only Connecticutstayed that way. In addition to Tennessee, the others to lose for the firsttime were Iowa State, Baylor, Georgia and Cincinnati.

Connecticut had 1,100 points in the voting and Tennessee 1,039 - 13 morethan Oklahoma (12-1), which has lost only to Connecticut.

Stanford moved up one spot to fourth and Wisconsin jumped seven places tofifth, its highest ranking ever. The Badgers (13-1), who have won 12straight, twice were as high as eighth, most recently on Dec. 23, 1997.

Iowa State rebounded from its loss to beat Nebraska 88-54 and slipped twospots to sixth. Duke jumped four places to seventh and was followed byVanderbilt, South Carolina and Texas Tech.

Vanderbilt, which went 2-1 during the week with a loss to South Carolina,dropped two places. South Carolina climbed five places, and Texas Tech wentfrom ninth to 10th after losing to Oklahoma.

Louisiana Tech moved up two spots to 11th, Baylor dropped from seventh to12th and Purdue went from 10th to 13th after losing at Iowa. Kansas Statewas 14th, and a loss to Michigan State sent Georgia from eighth to 15th.

Texas jumped from 21st to 16th and was followed by North Carolina, Florida,Auburn and Tulane.

Colorado, Michigan, Colorado State, Boston College and Old Dominion held thefinal five places. Colorado dropped five spots after losing to Oklahoma andTexas.

Kansas State (14-1) was last ranked in the final poll of the 1983-84 season.The Wildcats, whose starters include three freshmen and a sophomore, are theseventh Big 12 school in the Top 25.

'I think the quality of this league puts us in the position we're in rightnow,' Kansas State coach Deb Patterson said. 'You earn a couple ofsignificant victories against great basketball teams and you have anopportunity to find yourself in the Top 25.

'For our program, that's a very special achievement and a very special placeto be.'

Boston College (11-2) has an eight-game winning streak since a 75-66 loss toTennessee. The Eagles' last appearance in the poll was Nov. 27, 2000, whenthey were 25th.

LSU (7-5), 23rd last week, lost to Georgia in its only game. The Lady Tigershad been ranked every week since Feb. 2, 1999.

Cincinnati (11-1), 25th last week, dropped out after a 71-65 loss toLouisville.

AP Sports Writer

The Women's Top Twenty FiveBy The Associated Press

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' women's college basketball poll,with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 6, total pointsbased on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-placevote and previous ranking

                         Record  Pts  Pv 1. Connecticut (44)       16-0  1,100  1 2. Tennessee              11-1  1,039  2 3. Oklahoma               12-1  1,026  3 4. Stanford               14-1    970  5 5. Wisconsin              13-1    822 12 6. Iowa St.               13-1    802  4 7. Duke                   12-3    782 11 8. Vanderbilt             13-3    777  6 9. South Carolina         14-1    731 1410. Texas Tech              9-3    659  911. Louisiana Tech          9-3    648 1312. Baylor                 12-1    609  713. Purdue                 11-3    563 1014. Kansas St.             14-1    552  -15. Georgia                11-1    535  816. Texas                  10-2    423 2117. North Carolina         12-2    417 1918. Florida                11-4    411 1519. Auburn                 12-2    231 1720. Tulane                 13-2    221 2221. Colorado               10-5    214 1622. Michigan               11-4    208 1823. Colorado St.           11-3     98 2024. Boston College         11-2     91  -25. Old Dominion            7-4     73 24

Others receiving votes: Michigan St. 40, LSU 38, Arizona St. 34, Iowa 30,Virginia Tech 29, UNLV 27, Minnesota 26, Drake 22, Notre Dame 11, TCU 11,Cincinnati 8, N.C. State 6, St. Joseph's 6, New Mexico 4, DePaul 3, Illinois2, Penn St. 1.

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