By Carl Adamec
The votes are in and the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team is No. 1 in the Associated Press poll.
The Huskies (11-0), who knocked off former-No. 1 Stanford 61-35 Saturday, received 37 of 40 first-place votes. Defending national champion Baylor (10-1) moved up a spot to second. The Bears got the other three first-place votes. UConn entertains Baylor at the XL Center in Hartford Feb. 18.
Unbeaten Duke (11-0) moved up to the third. The Huskies host the Blue Devils Jan. 21 at Gampel Pavilion. Stanford (11-1) fell to fourth while Notre Dame (11-1), which comes to Storrs Saturday for a Big East game, stayed fifth.
UConn is No. 1 in the AP poll for the first time since the final poll of the 2010-11 season prior to the NCAA tournament. It’s the 15th time in the last 19 seasons since becoming No. 1 for the first time on Jan. 17, 1995, that the Huskies have topped the poll at some point during the year.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 19 points to lead UConn’s rout of Stanford. Stefanie Dolson added 10 points, 14 rebounds, and a strong defensive performance against Cardinal All-American Chiney Ogwumike.
For her effort, Dolson was named to the Big East honor roll.
Georgetown senior Sugar Rodgers was the Big East Player of the Week after scoring 38 points on 13-for-27 shooting from the floor in 38 minutes in a 90-67 win over Yale. Syracuse’s Brittney Sykes was the Freshman of the Week after posting a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes in an 87-48 win over Boise State.
Here is a Happy New Year edition of the Adamec Top 10 with — Surprise! — a new No. 1 team.
1. UConn (11-0). Showdown at Stanford a showcase for Huskies’ defense.
2. Baylor (10-1). Somewhere in Waco on Saturday, Bears coach Kim Mulkey was wondering who those imposters were wearing Stanford uniforms.
3. Duke (11-0). Blue Devils have weak upcoming schedule should be unbeaten coming to Gampel Pavilion Jan. 21.
4. Stanford (11-1). Was anyone else thinking, “How did Stanford possibly beat Baylor?” on Saturday?
5. Notre Dame (11-1). Irish come to Gampel Pavilion this Saturday after putting up 128 points against St. Francis (Pa.) Monday.
6. Kentucky (11-1). Samarie Walker (21) nearly outscored Alcorn State (23) Friday night.
7. California (10-1). After the job Stanford did representing the Pac-12 Saturday, this may be too high for the Bears.
8. Penn State (10-2). Lady Lions had the week off, open Big 10 play with Northwestern Thursday.
9. Maryland (10-2). Terrapins take own tournament with wins over Brown and Hartford.
10. Louisville (10-2). Cardinals find their way back into Top 10.