Baylor tops AP poll, UConn drops to No. 3

By Carl Adamec

The last time the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team had a one-week stay at the top of the Associated Press poll in 2004, the Huskies went on to win the national championship. So the Huskies can hope that history repeats after losing the No. 1 spot to Baylor after their 73-72 loss to Notre Dame at Gampel Pavilion Saturday.

Baylor, which started the season at No. 1, regained the top spot as it received 32 first-place votes in the poll released Monday. Notre Dame jumped up three spots to No. 2 while UConn fell to third. Duke stayed at fourth while Stanford dropped a spot to fifth. Kentucky, California, Penn State, Tennessee, and Maryland rounded out the AP Top 10.

There’s another shakeup in the weekly Adamec Top 10 with a third No. 1 team in three weeks.

1. Baylor (12-1). Defending national champions return to the top. The Bears host Iowa State Wednesday and visit Kansas Sunday.

2. Notre Dame (12-1). Kayla McBride makes a name for herself around the country with impressive performance in win at UConn.

3. UConn (12-1). The Huskies have gone 706 games without back-to-back losses with 51 straight wins after a defeat.

4. Duke (13-0). The last unbeaten team in Division I will be a prohibitive favorite in all its games before coming to Gampel Pavilion in two weeks.

5. Stanford (13-1). The Cardinal have begun their roll through the weak Pac-12.

6. Kentucky (13-1). On deck for Wildcats are SEC newcomers Texas A&M Thursday and Missouri Sunday.

7. Penn State (10-2). Lady Lions slip past Northwestern but whip Michigan State to open Big Ten play.

8. Tennessee (11-3). Lady Vols are impressive at start of SEC play and could be on nice roll when they host Notre Dame at the end of the month.

9. California (12-1). Not that impressive in wins over Utah and Colorado.

10. Maryland (10-3). Because I had to pick a 10th team to fill out a Top 10. Terps fell to North Carolina.