By Carl Adamec
The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team’s 76-70 loss to No. 1 Baylor a week ago did not cost it ground in the Associated Press poll released Monday.
The Huskies remained third in the poll for the eighth straight week behind Baylor and Notre Dame. The defending national champion Bears received all 40 first-place votes for the first time since returning to the top spot on Jan. 7. Notre Dame was second with 957 points followed by UConn’s 909 points. Stanford (875 points) and Duke (850 points) rounded out the top five.
The first seven in the Adamec Top 10 remain the same with March, believe it or not, just four days away.
1. Baylor (26-1). Down by 11 in first half and seven in the second, Bears show champion’s form in win in Hartford.
2. Notre Dame (25-1). Skylar Diggins records triple-double (17 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) in 32 minutes of rout at DePaul.
3. UConn (25-2). Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Kelly Faris hit 1,000-point plateau in Senior Day blowout of Seton Hall.
4. Stanford (26-2). Chiney Ogwumike has 27 points and school record 24 rebounds in Pac-12 cakewalk over Oregon.
5. Duke (26-1). Have to be impressed with Blue Devils following wins over Florida State and at Maryland in first two games without Chelsea Gray.
6. Penn State (21-3). Lady Lions have share of Big Ten regular season title with two-game lead and two to go.
7. Tennessee (20-5). Lady Vols have share of SEC regular season title in coach Holly Warlick’s first season with two-game lead and two to go.
8. California (23-2). Bears need to rally from 17-point deficit at home to beat woeful Oregon State (9-19) by two. Really?
9. Maryland (22-5). Terrapins almost never in it in loss to Duke at College Park.
10. Dayton (24-1). Could this mid-major from the Atlantic-10 make some noise in March?