Jan. 29, 2001
By CHUCK SCHOFFNER
AP Sports Writer
Notre Dame remained No. 1, Oklahoma made the Top Ten for the first time
Xavier reached its highest ranking ever Monday in The AP women's basketball
Baylor and Wisconsin both returned to the Top 25 after being ranked
The top six teams stayed the same, with Notre Dame a unanimous choice
the second week in a row. The Irish became No. 1 for the first time in
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
Connecticut (17-1), which has lost only to Notre Dame, held at No. 2
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
Top 25 the last six weeks.
Louisiana Tech moved up one spot to seventh after two decisive
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
after a solid win over Texas Tech. The Sooners' highest ranking previously
been 11th the week of Jan. 12, 1986.
Louisiana State held at No. 11 and Texas Tech fell three places to
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
Xavier (17-2) moved up three places to 15th after winning three times
the past week. Before this season, Xavier had appeared in the poll only
at No. 24 in the final rankings last season.
Baylor (15-3) returned to the Top 25 after being out for one week. The
dropped out after losing three straight, but bounced back with victories
Iowa State and Texas - the first time they have beaten ranked teams back to
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
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,
six points. The Wolfpack were ranked 22nd last week and had been as high as
Arizona (14-5), which was 23rd, lost to Arizona State in its only game
week, the Wildcats' third straight loss.