Top three remain same, but Stanford leaps into top 5

Updated: March 11, 2008, 4:16 PM ET
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Connecticut, North Carolina and Tennessee maintained their four-week reign at the top of the ESPN/USA Today women's basketball poll, which came out Tuesday afternoon.

Poll Positions

The top five teams in the ESPN/USA Today poll:

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UConn (31-1) received 773 points and 30 out of 31 first-place votes, followed by North Carolina (30-2), which had 742 points and the remaining first-place vote.

The Huskies will face upstart Louisville in their fourth straight Big East Conference tournament championship Tuesday night in Hartford, Conn. The Cardinals (24-8) sneaked their way into the poll this week, at the No. 22 spot, after dismissing No. 7 Rutgers and No. 18 West Virginia in the Big East quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.

Second-ranked North Carolina (30-2), led by Erlana Larkins, secured its fourth straight Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title, beating Duke, 86-73.

Tennessee stayed at No. 3 after Candace Parker led the Lady Vols (30-2) to the Southeastern Conference tournament title against LSU. Parker scored 28 points for Tennessee, the defending national champions.

Stanford, which was No. 7 last week, jumped to No. 4 after its decisive 56-35 victory against No. 9 California for the Pacific-10 tournament championship. Candice Wiggins led the Cardinal (30-3) with 30 points and gave her team a shot at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

LSU (27-5) moved up a spot in the poll, to No. 5, even after losing to Tennessee in the SEC championship. Dropping out of the top five were Rutgers (24-6) and Maryland (30-3). The Scarlet Knights are now ranked sixth while the Terrapins are No. 7 after losing to Duke in the ACC semifinals.

Baylor and California remained at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively, and Duke moved up to No. 10.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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