Originally created 11/27/01

Top four unchanged in women's poll



Connecticut led a top four that stayed the same Monday in The Associated Press women's basketball poll, which had four newcomers after a week filled with losses by Top 25 teams.

South Carolina joined the poll for the first time in 11 years at No. 25 after upsetting Duke. No. 18 LSU, No. 21 Texas and No. 24 North Carolina also made the Top 25 for the first time this season.

There was no upset involving Connecticut, which beat Rhode Island 84-38 in its only game last week and received 42 of 44 first-place votes from a national media panel. UConn, winner of the preseason WNIT, took a 5-0 record into Monday night's game at Wake Forest.

Tennessee (3-0) received the two other first-place votes after a 90-75 victory over Louisiana Tech, which slipped one spot to sixth. Oklahoma (5-0) held at No. 3 and Vanderbilt (6-1), which has lost only to UConn, remained fourth.

Connecticut had 1,098 points in the voting, Tennessee 1,054 and Oklahoma 1,002.

Iowa State (3-0) moved up one spot to fifth, matching its highest ranking ever, after beating DePaul and Mississippi State to win the Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge.

After Louisiana Tech in sixth, Stanford, North Carolina State, Texas Tech and Purdue completed the Top Ten.

Colorado jumped three places to 11th after three one-sided victories and Baylor was 12th. That gave the Big 12 five teams among the first 12 - Oklahoma, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Colorado and Baylor.

Georgia was 13th and Duke fell five spots to 14th. The Blue Devils were followed by Colorado State, Michigan, Old Dominion, LSU, Florida and Wisconsin.

Texas, George Washington, Notre Dame, North Carolina and South Carolina held the final five places.

From last week's poll, No. 21 Arizona State, No. 22 Maryland, No. 24 Toledo and No. 25 Washington dropped out. Toledo had joined the poll for the first time since the 1998-99 season after beating Duke, but the Rockets lost to Evansville in their next game.

South Carolina (4-0) earned its first national ranking since the week of Dec. 3, 1990, after beating Duke 87-81 in overtime Sunday in the finals of the Duke tournament.

The three other newcomers all were ranked last season.

LSU (3-0) routed Grambling and Tennessee-Martin before pulling out a 66-65 victory over Virginia Tech. Texas, which gives the Big 12 a sixth team in the poll, has a victory over No. 20 Wisconsin as part of its first 3-0 start since the 1996-97 season.

Nikki Teasley is back after taking a year off at North Carolina (5-1) and is one of four players with double-figure scoring averages for the Tar Heels. North Carolina rebounded from a 94-74 loss to Connecticut to win three games by margins of 56, 60 and 41 points.

Defending national champion Notre Dame is 1-2 after losses to Colorado State and Arizona and fell eight places to 23rd. Florida dropped seven spots to 19th after losing to Southern California and Wisconsin.