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South Carolina tops women’s AP Top 25; Stanford, UConn next

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South Carolina remained the unanimous No. 1 pick in Associated Press Women’s Basketball Poll released on Monday as the Gamecocks are closely monitoring current Player of the Year Alia Boston’s leg injury.

Gamecocks received all 29 first-place votes in a poll released Monday, a day after Boston left the game with her. wound. Coach Dawn Staley said Boston was “in doubt” going forward, but added that “the team doctor is not too, too concerned.”

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South Carolina’s next game is Tuesday at home against No. 15 UCLA.

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Stanford remained No. 2 after passing the tournament in Hawaii. It’s Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer’s 618th match, tying with the late Pat Summit. Team Summit missed the poll just 14 times during her Tennessee Hall of Fame career.

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The University of Connecticut, Ohio State and Indiana rounded out the top five.

The Huskies are one of only four teams in the Big East to be ranked this week, as Marquette entered the poll at number 24. This is the first time the Big East has four ranked teams since the conference regrouped in 2014. So far the league is 56-14. this season, including 8-2 against ranked teams.

“We were trying to earn a little more respect,” Marquette coach Megan Duffy said of the Big East. “Tried to put together a tighter schedule outside of conferences (games). “Nova plays people. We had a great time going to the Bahamas. Creighton is doing the same as last season. Getting some of those quality wins is everything.”

North Carolina moved up two spots to No. 6 after rallying to defeat then No. 1. 5 Iowa State in the Phil Knight Tournament. The Cyclones dropped to eighth.

Tar Heels visit Hoosiers on Tuesday as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Indiana returns home after two wins in Las Vegas. poor quality place who lacked basic necessities.

Notre Dame remained in 7th place, while Virginia Tech and Iowa completed the top 10. Ranked #9, Virginia Tech matches its best ranking ever and is in the top 10 for the first time since 1999.

Tennessee dropped out of the poll this week, marking the 56th time in the poll’s 827-week history that Lady Vols was not ranked. Kansas State also fell out when Gonzaga finished 23rd.

THE FALL OF THE CARDINALS

Louisville dropped to 18th in this week’s poll after losing to South Dakota State in a fifth-place game in Battle 4 Atlantis last week. This is the Cardinals’ lowest ranking since January 11, 2016.

Louisville was ranked in the top 10 in the 2017 preseason poll and hasn’t been dropped for 98 consecutive weeks since. It was the longest active streak.

“It’s a compliment to the consistency we’ve built here,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said of being in the top 10 for so long. “Obviously our goal was to stay in the top 10, but this is a new team.”

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AP Women’s College Basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-womens-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter .com/AP_Top25




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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