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No. 2 Texas slips despite convincing victory

11/15/2004

Shooting 63 percent against a ranked opponent wasn't enough to
pull Texas any closer to No. 1 Tennessee in The Associated Press women's
basketball poll.

In fact, the Longhorns lost ground Monday despite their torrid
shooting in an 84-69 victory over then-No. 21 Penn State.

Tennessee, which hasn't played yet, received 22 first-place
votes from a national media panel -- two more than in last week's
preseason poll -- and had 1,092 points.

That was 31 points more than Texas, which trailed by 29 last
week. The Longhorns received six first-place votes in the latest
poll, one fewer than the previous week.

LSU, which survived a close call against No. 8 Baylor, remained
third with 11 first-place votes and 1,059 points. Connecticut,
winner of the last three national championships, stayed at No. 4
with six first-place votes and 1,008 points.

This was the 95th time at No. 1 for Tennessee, which regained
the lead from Connecticut in that category. UConn has 94
appearances at No. 1.

Tennessee opens the season Friday at Chattanooga. Connecticut
also starts Friday, hosting Buffalo.

Just nine teams in the Top 25 played during the first weekend of
the season and only five changed places.

Georgia held at No. 5 and Duke was sixth, followed by Stanford,
Baylor, North Carolina and Ohio State.

Notre Dame, which had been tied with Ohio State for 10th,
slipped to 11th. Then it was Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Minnesota and
Michigan State, followed by Purdue, Rutgers, Boston College, Kansas
State and DePaul.

The final five teams were Oklahoma, Arizona, Penn State,
Maryland and Louisiana Tech.

Penn State fell two places to 23rd after its loss at Texas.
Oklahoma was up one place, Arizona climbed two spots and Maryland
fell from 23rd to 24th.

LSU already is 3-0 under first-year coach Pokey Chatman but got
a scare in its last game. The Lady Tigers blew a 21-point lead
against Baylor before holding on for a 71-70 victory.

Duke, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Arizona all have won twice in
the preseason WNIT, while Minnesota opened with a 77-69 victory
over UNLV.

In the WNIT semifinals Wednesday, Duke plays at Notre Dame and
Ohio State hosts Arizona.