Originally created 11/25/03

UConn still unanimous, top four the same

Connecticut remained a unanimous choice at No. 1 after an impressive victory in its opener and led a top four that was unchanged Monday in The Associated Press' women's basketball poll.

With no one in the Top 25 losing to an unranked team, the biggest change in the poll was LSU tumbling six places to 18th after a lopsided loss at Penn State. There were no newcomers.

UConn got a big game from All-American Diana Taurasi in beating Western Michigan 95-46 on Sunday and received all 47 first-place votes from a national media panel. The Huskies, who have won the last two national championships, had 1,175 points in the voting.

Taurasi, the national player of the year last season, looked every bit the part with 26 points on 10-for-11 shooting, eight rebounds and seven assists.

This was the 88th time Connecticut has been No. 1. Tennessee is the leader with 89 appearances in the top spot.

Texas (2-0) held at second with 1,123 points and was followed by Tennessee (1-0) with 1,048 and Duke (2-1) with 1,041.

Duke bounced back from a season-opening loss to Texas with two one-sided victories - 108-26 over Elon and 95-63 over then-No. 5 Purdue. Texas beat North Carolina State 69-56 on Sunday and Tennessee opened with an 83-52 cruise past Chattanooga.

Texas Tech climbed two spots to fifth after beating Rutgers to win the preseason WNIT and Stanford stayed at No. 6. Penn State, which beat LSU 83-46, moved up two places to seventh and was followed by Purdue, Kansas State and Georgia. Purdue dropped three spots.

Minnesota went from 13th to 11th after a 34-point win over Colorado. Louisiana Tech was 12th and North Carolina 13th, followed by Ohio State, Rutgers, UC Santa Barbara, Notre Dame, LSU, Oklahoma and Colorado.

Arizona, Utah, TCU, Oregon and Auburn held the final five places.

Notre Dame made the biggest jump, going from 20th to 17th after beating Valparaiso 74-57 in its only game last week.


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