Baylor, ND, UConn top AP poll

By Carl Adamec

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team picked up another first-place vote in the Associated Press poll, but didn’t pick up any ground.

The Huskies (18-1) remained at No. 3 in the poll for the fourth straight week. Baylor (18-1) topped the poll with 37 first-place votes and 997 points. Notre Dame (18-1) stayed second with 953 points but no first-place votes. UConn has three first-place votes and 930 points. Duke received three first-place votes a week ago. But after the Blue Devils’ 79-49 loss to UConn, two of those first-place votes went to Baylor and the other to the Huskies.

Stanford moved up to fourth while Duke fell one spot to fifth. California, Penn State, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Maryland rounded out the AP top 10.

The losses by Duke and Kentucky caused some movement in the middle of the Adamec Top 10.

1. Baylor (18-1). It was a block party for Brittney Griner as she became the NCAA’s all-time leader in rejections.

2. Notre Dame (18-1). Can the Irish win in Storrs and in Knoxville in the same month? Not many visitors can claim that.

3. UConn (18-1). A performance “for the ages” by Kelly Faris helps expose Duke at Gampel Pavilion.

4. Penn State (17-2). Lady Lions’ strong effort in Storrs almost two months ago proving to be no fluke. They’ve won 11 in a row since.

5. Stanford (18-2). Pac-12 vacation in Oregon (vs. Ducks and OSU Beavers) coming up for Cardinal.

6. Tennessee (16-3). Chance for Lady Vols to make statement against one of the best in Notre Dame tonight.

7. Kentucky (19-2). Wildcats slip after loss at South Carolina Thursday.

8. Duke (18-1). Blue Devils’ unbeaten smashed to bits at UConn. Anyone really surprised?

9. California (17-2). Bears join Stanford in Oregon for Pac-12 vacation this weekend.

10. Maryland (17-3). Short-handed Terrapins finding ways to get the job done.