Stanford Women Move Up to No. 2 In AP 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 MississippiState for the first time this season.
The Cardinal (22-1) moved within one spot of the top after Tennessee, whichhad been ranked second all season, lost to Vanderbilt in Nashville. Stanfordhas not been this high in the poll since it was No. 1 the first six weeks ofthe 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 59-50victory at Virginia Tech, but still received all 44 first-place votes.
|AP Women's Top Twenty Five
The 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.
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.
The Huskies, who later beat Providence 85-61, had 1,110 points, Stanfordreceived 1,027 and Tennessee 994. UConn has been ranked No. 1 all season andhas been unanimous the last five weeks.
Mississippi State (16-6) rode victories over two ranked teams, Georgia andAuburn, into the No. 25 spot. It was the first appearance by the LadyBulldogs since mid-January last season.
No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Duke stay where they were last week, and Vanderbiltjumped two places to sixth. The Commodores' victory over Tennessee was theirfirst against the Lady Vols at home since 1990 and came only two nightsafter they lost at Arkansas.
Purdue held at No. 7 and was followed by Louisiana Tech, South Carolina andBaylor.
Kansas State dropped two spots to 11th after losing to Iowa State, whichclimbed four places to 12th. Colorado was 13th and Florida 14th, followed byTexas Tech, Boston College, Texas, Minnesota, Colorado State and OldDominion.
Wisconsin, Georgia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Mississippi State heldthe final five places.
Mississippi State (16-6) has rebounded after losing three of four games inlate December and early January. The Lady Bulldogs have won six of sevensince then, including their last four.
A 72-71 victory at Georgia last week was the most improbable. MississippiState rallied from 11 points down in the final two minutes and won it onLaToya 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 lastweek, dropped out. The Lady Tigers (14-8) have lost four straight and havegone 2-5 since leading scorer Tia Miller went down with a torn kneeligament.
Iowa State's jump of four places was matched by Colorado, Boston College andMinnesota. Each won twice last week. At No. 16, Boston College reached itshighest ranking ever. The Eagles were 17th in the final poll of the1999-2000 season.
Wisconsin's losing streak reached five with losses to Michigan State andPurdue, and the Badgers fell from 15th to 21st for the biggest drop in thepoll. Three weeks ago, Wisconsin was ranked fifth.
Georgia and Texas both fell three places. Georgia bounced back from its lossto Mississippi State to beat Kentucky. Texas lost twice, to Kansas State intwo overtimes and to Texas A&M.