South Carolina beat two other ranked opponents to strengthen their grip on the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press women’s basketball poll.
The Gamecocks dominated then-No. 13 LSU and No. 21 Kentucky last week to take their record to 8-0 against the top 25 teams this season. South Carolina remained the No.1 team on Monday, garnering 26 of 30 first-place votes from a national media panel.
Stanford and Louisville were the next two teams in the poll. The Cardinals received the remaining four No. 1 votes. NC State moved up to fourth place while Tennessee was fifth. This is the highest ranking of Lady Vols since 23 November 2015.
Indiana remained sixth while Arizona fell three spots to seventh after suffering their first loss of the season to Southern California on Sunday.
Maryland, Iowa State and UConn round out the top 10. This is Iowa State’s best ranking in 20 years. The Cyclones had not been in the top 10 since the last poll of the 2002 season.
Colorado, the last undefeated team, re-entered the Top 25 at No.22 and Kansas State also entered the poll at 25. The Buffaloes’ next game is against the No.2 Cardinal on Friday. The Wildcats, which have been seeded for the first time since 2017, host Iowa State on Tuesday.
Iowa and the state of Ohio exited the poll.
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BACK IN THE TOP 10
After an unexpected hiatus due to COVID-19 issues, UConn is back and is among the top 10 teams in the survey. The Huskies saw their 2005 top 10 streak come to an end just before the holidays following a loss to Louisville. It was the team’s last game before beating Creighton on Sunday. The Huskies have lost four games due to coronavirus cases. In total, nearly 400 women’s games have been postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 since the start of the Division I college basketball season.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Michigan in Maryland, Sunday. Two of the Big Ten’s top three teams face off with the Wolverines heading east. The Terrapins have dominated the school-to-school series since entering the Big Ten, winning nine of 10 clashes. Michigan’s only victory came in 2018.
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