Baylor women replace Connecticut atop AP poll | College basketball
Baylor replaced Connecticut atop the Associated Press women's basketball poll. UConn had been No. 1 for a span of nearly three years.
AP Basketball Writer
UConn's run at No. 1 is over.
The Huskies' NCAA-record 90-game winning streak ended Thursday night with a loss at Stanford. Their nearly three-year hold on the top ranking ended Monday when they were overtaken by Baylor and dropped to No. 2 in the Associated Press media poll.
Connecticut had been the top team for a record 51 consecutive weeks, beginning Feb. 18, 2008.
Baylor, which lost 65-64 at Connecticut in mid-November, is No. 1 for the first time. Standout Brittney Griner and the Bears, who received 23 first-place votes, next play Saturday when they host No. 17 Iowa State in their Big 12 Conference opener.
"It's great, positive recognition for our program and Baylor University," Bears coach Kim Mulkey said.
"We welcome it as every coach in America does, but we'll keep it in perspective. At this point in the season, what does it really mean?"
UConn, which had been a unanimous No. 1 for all but one of the last 40 weeks, was second, receiving 14 first-place votes.
Duke, Stanford and Tennessee round out the first five. Stanford jumped five places by routing then-No. 4 Xavier and beating UConn.
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Vandersloot, a graduate of Kentwood High School in Covington, had 12 assists. Redmon, who is from Spokane and started her college career at Washington, had 10 rebounds in the team's last nonconference game of the regular season.
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"Southern Utah had won seven in a row coming into this game."
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