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.
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.
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.