By Carl Adamec
The University of Connecticut remained at No. 3 in the Associated Press women’s basketball poll released Monday.
The top four, actually, stayed the same. Baylor received 34-of-40 first-place votes and was No. 1 for the second straight week. Second-ranked Notre Dame got one first-place vote and 948 points while the Huskies received two first-place votes and 914 points. Duke, the only unbeaten team in the country, was fourth with three first-place votes and 907 points. Kentucky moved up one spot to round out the top five.
After three volatile weeks, there’s a little stability at least at the top of weekly Adamec Top 10.
1. Baylor (14-1). Defending national champion Bears making it look easy in Big 12 play.
2. Notre Dame (14-1). After surviving overtime against South Florida, Irish rout Rutgers.
3. UConn (14-1). The Huskies hope ankle injuries to Bria Hartley and Breanna Stewart aren’t long-term issues.
4. Duke (15-0). There are some good teams in the ACC but the Blue Devils haven’t played any of them yet.
5. Kentucky (15-1). Wildcats slip by Texas A&M and then hammer Missouri.
6. Penn State (13-2). Lady Lions wallop a decent Nebraska team by 22.
7. Stanford (14-2). Cardinal split home-and-home with California-Berkeley with both winning on road.
8. California (13-2). Bears win at Maples Pavilion and end Stanford’s 81-game Pac 12 winning streak
9. Tennessee (13-3). Lady Vols escape Gainesville with an overtime win.
10. Oklahoma (14-2). Coach Sherri Coale doing masterful job with injury-plagued Sooners.