Stanford’s lead on UConn narrows in AP poll

By Carl Adamec

The University of Connecticut lost a first-place vote but picked up ground on Stanford in the Associated Press women’s basketball poll released Monday.

The Cardinal (8-0) were idle last week and remained No. 1 with 22 first-place votes and 978 points. Second-ranked UConn (8-0) had 16 first-place votes but its wins over Maryland and Penn State allowed it to close within 10 points at 968. Baylor, which won at Notre Dame last week, got the first-place vote that had been going UConn’s way. The Bears (7-1) have two first-place votes and 930 points.

Duke and Notre Dame round out the top five. Louisville is the only other ranked Big East team as it stayed eighth. Maryland and Penn State each dropped one spot after losing to UConn, checking at 10th and 11th respectively.

UConn sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis was named to the Big East honor roll. After missing the second half of the game a week ago with Maryland with a left quad contusion, she came back and scored 25 points Thursday night against Penn State.

Syracuse senior center Kayla Alexander was the Big East Player of the Week after averaging 27 points and 13 rebounds in wins over Wagner and Loyola of Maryland. Notre Dame’s Jewell Loyd was the Big Easr Freshman of the Week after averaging 19.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in the Irish’s 1-1 week. Loyd had a season high 24 points against defending national champion Baylor last Wednesday.

Not much movement again in the Adamec Top 10, though California enters for the first time.

1. Stanford (8-0). Had last week off and doesn’t play until hosting Pacific Saturday.

2. UConn (8-0). Hard-fought wins over Maryland and Penn State take Huskies to exam week.

3. Baylor (7-1). Odyssey Sims outplays Skylar Diggins again in Baylor’s win at South Bend.

4. Duke (8-0). Blue Devils are off until Dec. 21.

5. Notre Dame (6-1). Freshman Loyd impressive.

6. Kentucky (8-1). Wildcats wallop DePaul and Middle Tennessee State.

7. Georgia (10-0). Bulldogs continue to feast on week schedule.

8. Louisville (8-1). Had last week off. Cardinals travel to Colorado Friday.

9. Penn State (7-2). Hold spot in this top 10 after hanging tough most of the way at Gampel Pavilion.

10. California (7-1). Golden Bears’ only loss at Duke.