Originally created 02/25/03

UConn still unanimous in women's poll



Connecticut received a mild challenge in its last two games. Not in The Associated Press poll.

The Huskies, who have won 65 straight games, were a unanimous choice for No. 1 in the women's poll for the fourth consecutive week on Monday.

UConn (26-0) received all 44 first-place votes from a national media panel and had 1,100 points to lead a top five that was unchanged from last week.

Duke (25-1) remained second with 1,050 points and was followed by Tennessee (24-3), LSU (23-2) and Kansas State (25-2). LSU held at No. 4 despite Sunday's 68-65 loss to Tennessee, which has won 15 straight since a Jan. 4 overtime loss to Connecticut.

The rest of the top 10 included the same teams as last week, with a slight shuffling in the order, and the poll had no newcomers. Arkansas fell from 15th to 21st after losing to a pair of ranked opponents, Mississippi State and Georgia.

Only two members of the Top 25 lost to unranked teams during the past week. Purdue stayed at No. 11 after a 56-51 loss at Ohio State. Washington fell two spots to 25th after losing at Oregon State. The Huskies bounced back to win at Oregon two nights later.

Connecticut beat Notre Dame and Miami by double-digit margins in its last two games but trailed Miami by eight points in the first half, matching the biggest deficit the Huskies have faced in their winning streak.

Then they went on a 30-4 run to blow it open and won 81-60. Against Notre Dame on Sunday, the score was tied late in the first half before UConn pulled away to a 77-59 victory.

Duke has been impressive since losing the No. 1 ranking after a Feb. 1 loss to Connecticut. The Blue Devils have won five times by an average of 31 points, the latest a 97-63 thumping of North Carolina.

No. 6 Louisiana Tech and No. 7 Texas Tech traded places in the voting and North Carolina fell two spots to eighth. Stanford remained ninth and Texas stayed at No. 10.

After Purdue at No. 11 it was Mississippi State, Minnesota, Georgia and Penn State. South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Villanova, UC Santa Barbara and Rutgers completed the top 20.

Arkansas, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Boston College, Arizona and Washington held the final five places.

Minnesota made the biggest jump, moving from 16th to 13th after beating Iowa and Big Ten leader Penn State. The Gophers (21-4) have won five straight since losing three of four in late January and early February.

With only three polls left, 36 teams have been ranked the season. The fewest number of teams to appear in the poll since it expanded to 25 in 1989 was 34 in the 1996-97 season.

Six teams from the preseason poll are no longer ranked - Notre Dame (10), Cincinnati (18), Colorado State (19), George Washington (21), Oklahoma (22) and Iowa State (23).