UConn Huskies Still Atop AP’s Girls Basketball Poll; NC State Wolfpack returns to No. 2


UConn remained the No. 1 team in The Associated Press women’s college basketball poll after beating its two opponents last week.

The Huskies received 28 of 30 first-place votes Monday from a media panel after holding St. John’s and Xavier to 32 points each in losses.

NC State returned to No. 2 and Texas A&M rose to third place after South Carolina and Louisville, the previous teams in second and third place, lost games. The Wolfpack had a two-week run at No. 2 last month.

It’s the highest ranking for the Aggies (20-1), who received a first-place vote, since the 2008-09 season, when they were third for three weeks. Coach Gary Blair’s team can win the SEC regular season title with victories over Alabama on Thursday and South Carolina on Sunday. The Gamecocks fell to fifth place after losing to Tennessee.

Stanford received the remaining first-place vote and rose to number 4 in the poll. The Cardinal have a huge Pac-12 showdown against No. 9 Arizona on Monday night.

Louisville fell to No. 6 after losing at Florida State on Sunday. The Cardinals were followed by Baylor, Maryland, Arizona and UCLA.

The Bruins earned an impressive 27-point victory over then-No. 13 Oregon on Friday night, but lost to Oregon state by seven on Sunday.

Rutgers entered the poll for the first time this season at 25th, while Northwestern fell. The Scarlet Knights have won all five of their games since returning from a five-week hiatus due to coronavirus issues. They won those games averaging 22.5 points and scored at least 70 in all of them, the first time the school has done so since the 1997-98 season.

The Scarlet Knights play at Michigan State and Penn State this week.

Here are some other tidbits from the survey.

STRIPED BULLS

The No. 13 South Florida matched the best start in school history with wins over Tulane and Cincinnati to go 13-1 on the season. The Bulls, however, lost a spot in the poll after 11th-ranked Indiana overtook them with a victory over No. 12 Michigan.

Broken

No. 21 Gonzaga saw his 17-game winning streak end in a 61-56 loss Thursday at BYU. The Zags’ previous loss came in overtime against the state of South Dakota on December 6. The Bulldogs fell five spots in the latest poll. They closed the regular season at home against Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount this week.

GAME OF THE WEEK

South Carolina at Texas A&M, Sunday: The regular-season championship should be on the line when the top two teams in the conference meet on Sunday. This game could go a long way in determining a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. South Carolina, the state of Mississippi and Tennessee are the only teams to win the regular season crown since the Aggies entered the conference in 2012.

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