Tennessee ranked No. 1 in final coaches' poll

A panel of the nation's Division I women's basketball coaches rewarded NCAA national champion Tennessee with the unanimous No. 1 ranking in the final ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, released Wednesday.

The Lady Vols received all 31 first-place votes from the panel of Division I women's coaches. The national runner-up, Stanford, were second in the poll, followed by Connecticut, which finished the regular season No. 1, LSU and North Carolina.

East Regional finalist Rutgers was No. 6, followed by Maryland, Texas A&M, Duke and Old Dominion.

The highest climbers in the poll were No. 16 Pitt, which was unranked in the final regular-season poll, and Louisville, which finished No. 12 after being ranked No. 21 at the end of the regular season.

The sharpest declines in the final poll were Utah, which dropped out of the Top 25 from No, 17; Cal, which fell to No. 18 from No. 8; and Baylor, which fell to No. 17 from No. 11.

Oklahoma State was No. 11 in the final poll, followed by Louisville, Notre Dame, George Washington, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, Baylor, California, Oklahoma and West Virginia.

Kansas State, Virginia, Marist, Georgia and Texas-El Paso rounded out the final Top 25.