ODU Climbs Up Latest AP Women's Hoops Poll
Jan. 28, 2002
By CHUCK SCHOFFNER
AP Sports Writer
Connecticut led a top five that stayed the same Monday in the AP women's basketball poll, but any stability ended there.
Six members of the Top 25 lost a total of eight games to unranked teams during the past week, resulting in a major shuffling in places six through 25.
Florida, which defeated two ranked teams, and Kansas State made the biggest gains in the poll, which had no newcomers. Wisconsin and Virginia Tech, both beaten twice during the week, lost the most ground.
Connecticut (22-0) continued to roll along, receiving all 44 first-place votes from a national media panel after convincing victories over defending national champion Notre Dame and then-No. 24 Boston College
The Huskies, who had 1,100 points, have been No. 1 all season and unanimous the last four weeks.
Tennessee (17-1) was solid at No. 2 with 1,056 points and Stanford (20-1) was third with 1,005. Tennessee has lost only to Connecticut and Stanford's only loss was to Tennessee.
Oklahoma held at No. 4 and Duke remained fifth. Then came the changes.
Louisiana Tech, winners of 12 straight, jumped two places to sixth, Purdue was up three spots to seventh and Vanderbilt fell two places to eighth after splitting, losing to Florida and beating LSU.
Kansas State went from 11th to ninth and Baylor jumped five places to 10th. Both won twice last week and each beat a ranked opponent, Kansas State defeating Texas Tech and Baylor knocking off Texas.
South Carolina lost to unranked Arkansas in its only game and dropped four places to 11th, while Florida went from 18th the 12th. The Lady Gators followed their victory over Vanderbilt with a nationally televised win against Georgia.
Texas Tech was 13th and Texas 14th, followed by Wisconsin, Iowa State, Colorado, Colorado State, Georgia and Boston College.
Old Dominion, Minnesota, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Auburn held the final five places.
Wisconsin's losing streak reached three with losses to unranked Indiana and Penn State, and the Badgers tumbled six spots. Only two weeks ago, they were ranked fifth.
Boston College gained four spots despite losing to Connecticut. The Eagles beat Villanova 60-40 earlier in the week.
Old Dominion has won eight of its last nine - the loss was to Tennessee - and went from 25th to 21st.
Virginia Tech lost twice to unranked teams, Syracuse and Notre Dame, and tumbled seven places to 23rd. No. 24 North Carolina was down three places after going 1-2 during the week, including a loss to unranked Wake Forest, and Auburn dropped from 22nd to 25th after losing to Tennessee and unranked Alabama.
The Big 12 continues to lead all conferences with seven teams in the rankings, all among the top 17: Oklahoma, Kansas State, Baylor, Texas Tech, Texas, Iowa State and Colorado.