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Women's Basketball Remains No. 1

 

Jan. 29, 2001

By CHUCK SCHOFFNER
AP Sports Writer

Notre Dame remained No. 1, Oklahoma made the Top Ten for the first time and Xavier reached its highest ranking ever Monday in The AP women's basketball poll.

Baylor and Wisconsin both returned to the Top 25 after being ranked earlier.

The top six teams stayed the same, with Notre Dame a unanimous choice for the second week in a row. The Irish became No. 1 for the first time in school history last week and beat West Virginia 87-64 in their only game.

Notre Dame (19-0), the nation's only unbeaten Division I women's team, received all 39 first-place votes from the national media panel and had 975 points.

Connecticut (17-1), which has lost only to Notre Dame, held at No. 2 with 932 points and was followed by Tennessee (21-1), Duke (20-1), Georgia (18-3) and Purdue (19-3).

Tennessee and Duke both won three times during the past week. Duke was especially impressive Sunday in a 92-42 rout of Clemson, which has been in the Top 25 the last six weeks.

Louisiana Tech moved up one spot to seventh after two decisive victories and traded places with Iowa State, which slipped to eighth after splitting two games - a 79-74 loss at Baylor and a 95-61 victory over Colorado.

Florida climbed one spot to ninth and Oklahoma jumped two places to 10th after a solid win over Texas Tech. The Sooners' highest ranking previously had been 11th the week of Jan. 12, 1986.

Louisiana State held at No. 11 and Texas Tech fell three places to 12th. Then it was Southwest Missouri State, Rutgers and Xavier, followed by Penn State, Clemson, Utah, Vanderbilt and Baylor.

Texas, Oregon, Colorado, Villanova and Wisconsin held the final five spots.

Xavier (17-2) moved up three places to 15th after winning three times during the past week. Before this season, Xavier had appeared in the poll only once - at No. 24 in the final rankings last season.

Baylor (15-3) returned to the Top 25 after being out for one week. The Bears dropped out after losing three straight, but bounced back with victories over Iowa State and Texas - the first time they have beaten ranked teams back to back.

The win over Iowa State was Baylor's first against a Top Ten team.

Wisconsin (12-7), ranked the first six weeks of the season, has been up and down and comes into the poll off a loss - 75-70 in overtime at Purdue. The Badgers had won four straight before that game, in which they outshot and outrebounded the Boilermakers.

North Carolina State and Arizona dropped out.

NC State (11-8) has lost four straight - by margins of one, seven, three and six points. The Wolfpack were ranked 22nd last week and had been as high as 13th.

Arizona (14-5), which was 23rd, lost to Arizona State in its only game last week, the Wildcats' third straight loss.

 

 

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November 3
7:00 PM
Roberts Wesleyan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 11
7:00 PM
Central Michigan Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 14
7:00 PM
WNIT Quarterfinals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 17
7:00 PM
WNIT Semifinals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 20
3:00 PM
WNIT Final
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

CBS Sports Network
November 22
8:00 PM
UL-Lafayette
Houston, Texas (Campbell Center)
November 26
1:00 PM
TCU
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 30
TBA
Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
December 4
1:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 7
7:00 PM
UConn
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
December 10
TBA
DePaul
Chicago, Ill. (McGrath-Phillips Arena)
December 18
2:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)
December 20
TBA
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)
December 27
TBA
Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tenn. (McKenzie Arena)
December 29
7:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum)

ACC Network Extra
January 2
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavilion)
January 5
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 8
3:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (BankUnited Center)

ESPN Flex
January 12
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind.

ACC Network Extra
January 16
7:00 PM
Tennessee
Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boling Arena)

ESPN2
January 19
7:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)
January 22
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Carmichael Arena)

ESPNU
January 26
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 29
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
February 2
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
February 6
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
February 12
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 16
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Littlejohn Coliseum)
February 19
5:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)

ESPN2
February 23
7:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 26
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
March 17
TBA
NCAA First/Second Rounds
TBD
March 24
TBA
NCAA Regionals
TBD
March 31
TBA
NCAA Semifinals
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
April 2
TBA
NCAA Final
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)

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