Tennessee, UConn, Maryland remain tops in coaches' poll

Updated: November 20, 2007, 3:55 PM ET
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A pair of wins against Top 25 teams kept Tennessee atop both the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll and The Associated Press poll.

The Lady Vols (3-0) received 30 of 31 first-place votes in the coaches' poll and received all 50 first-place votes in the AP poll to remain No. 1 after edging Oklahoma 70-67 and routing Texas 92-67 last week.

Connecticut (2-0) remained No. 2 in both polls, receiving the other first-place vote in the coaches' poll. Maryland (5-0) remained No. 3 after beating Notre Dame 75-59 and routing LSU 75-62 on Sunday.

"I'll take it one day at a time," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "I love in the first five games we've played teams that will make us better."

Stanford moved up to fourth while LSU fell one spot to fifth. North Carolina, which lost guard Alex Miller to a knee injury, remained sixth and Rutgers stayed at No. 7 after beating George Washington 67-42 on Sunday. Duke, Georgia and Texas A&M round out the top 10.

Connecticut, Stanford, Duke and Texas A&M all play in the Paradise Jam tournament this week.

Oklahoma (0-2) fell three spots to No. 11 following the loss to Tennessee, while No. 12 Baylor, No. 13 Arizona State and No. 14 Cal each moved up one spot. George Washington (3-1) fell three spots to No. 15 after the loss to Rutgers. Ohio State remained 16th.

West Virginia, which hosts Tennessee on Wednesday, jumped from 20th to 17th, while No. 18 Michigan State fell one spot and No. 19 Vanderbilt fell two spots. Purdue, which moved up three spots, rounds out the top 20.

Florida State and Texas are 21st and 22nd, respectively. No. 23 DePaul entered the poll after being unranked last week, while No. 24 Notre Dame moved up a spot.

Auburn, meanwhile, entered the coaches' poll at No. 25 and the AP poll at No. 24.

"It's taken a lot of hard work to get the program back to where it has been in the past," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said. "It's nice to see a little bit of that work pay off. It's going to be a lot harder to stay there in that upper echelon."

The Tigers have a tough road ahead, playing in Ohio State's Classic this week and Arizona State's tournament next weekend.

"It's a very tough schedule," Fortner said. "It's a challenge to see if our team is ready. The games we've played have consistently gotten tougher. I think that will continue as we go."

Fortner took over in 2004 and Auburn has improved every year. Last season, the Tigers were 21-13 and reached the round of eight in the Women's NIT.

Louisville and NC State fell out of the poll after losses. The Cardinals were beaten by both Western Carolina and Minnesota, while the Wolfpack lost to St. John's.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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