Archive for Tuesday, December 12, 2000

UConn on top; ISU up to No. 5

December 12, 2000

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Three more decisive victories kept Connecticut a unanimous choice at No. 1 Monday in the Associated Press women's basketball poll, which had Notre Dame and Iowa State reaching their highest ranking in history.

Connecticut (7-0) swept all 40 first-place votes from the national media panel and had 1,000 points after beating Miami, Holy Cross and Illinois.

Coach Geno Auriemma was upset with his team's sloppy play in its 77-53 victory at Miami, but the Huskies rebounded to beat Holy Cross 92-32 and Illinois 97-55. The 24-point margin against Miami was UConn's closest game this season.

Connecticut has been No. 1 all season and no one else has received a first-place vote.

Tennessee (7-0) was a solid No. 2 with 960 points after surviving its toughest game to date, a 70-62 win at Louisiana Tech.

Notre Dame (8-0) climbed one spot to third, Georgia (7-2) was up one place to fourth and Iowa State (7-0) jumped two spots to fifth.

Iowa State's highest ranking previously had been sixth in two polls last season. The Cyclones had never appeared in the poll before the 1997-98 season. Notre Dame reached its previous high when it moved to fourth two weeks ago.

Purdue remained sixth and Duke, last week's No. 3 team, dropped to seventh after its first loss, 93-75 to Clemson. Rutgers, Auburn and Louisiana Tech completed the Top Ten.

Auburn (9-0) climbed two places to make its first appearance in the Top Ten this season. Despite its loss to Tennessee, Louisiana Tech also moved up two spots. The Lady Techsters beat then-No. 14 Mississippi State earlier in the week.

Texas Tech fell from eighth to 11th after losing to North Carolina State. Penn State was 12th and North Carolina State jumped eight places to 13th. Then it was Oregon, Stanford and Texas, followed by Oklahoma, Florida, Xavier and LSU.

Southwest Missouri State, Mississippi State, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt and Virginia held the final five places. There were no newcomers.

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