Stanford enters top 10; top nine unchanged

Updated: January 9, 2007, 5:14 PM ET news services

ACC rivals Maryland, North Carolina and Duke held the top three places for the third straight week in the ESPN/USA Today women's college basketball coaches' poll, while Tennessee remained fourth after winning its annual showdown with Connecticut.

Poll Positions
The top five teams in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll:
Complete ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.

UConn remained No. 5 despite the loss.

Maryland (17-0) received 29 of 31 first-place votes from a national media panel to continue its season-long run at No. 1. North Carolina (17-0), which has been second all season, received one first-place vote and Duke (16-0) also picked up one.

The three ACC powers are the last unbeaten teams in Division I, but one is sure to get its first loss this week because Maryland plays at Duke on Saturday.

UConn's loss to Tennessee was its first of the season, while Louisville fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a loss at unranked Providence. UConn visits North Carolina on Monday.

Tennessee (14-1) was solid at No. 4 -- 62 points ahead of No. 5 UConn. LSU was sixth, followed by Oklahoma, Ohio State, Baylor and Stanford.

Stanford moved up two spots to get back in the top 10. They've won nine straight since starting 2-3.

Arizona State climbed three spots to 11th while Vanderbilt fell two spots ton 12th.

Purdue dropped two places to 13th after losing at Texas. George Washington jumped two places to 14th, without playing a game. The Colonials (11-2) end a nine-day layoff Tuesday night against Richmond.

Then it was Georgia, Louisville, Marquette and Louisville, followed by Bowling Green, Texas A&M and Michigan State.

Middle Tennessee, California, Texas, DePaul and TCU -- newly ranked this week -- completed the Top 25.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.