Duke back atop women's coaches' poll; UNC No. 2

Updated: February 16, 2006, 11:26 AM ET
ESPN.com

Duke is back atop the latest ESPN/USA Today women's coaches' poll, which was released Tuesday. Now it will try to stay there -- a task that hasn't been easy for No. 1s recently.

Three times in the last 19 days the No. 1 team in the nation has lost, including former No. 1 North Carolina, which fell 98-95 in overtime to Maryland on Feb. 9. Before that, Duke lost to the Tar Heels 74-70 on Jan. 29, and Tennessee lost to Duke 75-53 on Jan. 23.

UNC didn't fall too far after the loss to the Terrapins, dropping to No. 2.

LSU moved up to third after impressive wins over Tennessee and Georgia, while Maryland advanced to No. 4 after its upset win over the Tar Heels. The Lady Tigers' 726 points are just one behind No. 2 North Carolina.

Tennessee remained fifth and UConn fell three spots to sixth. Ohio State, Rutgers, Oklahoma and Purdue rounded out the Top 10.

Bowling Green was the only newly ranked team at No. 25, while St. John's fell out of the Top 25.

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