Baylor regains No. 2 ranking in poll

Updated: December 21, 2010, 3:11 PM ET
ESPN.com

Baylor is back where it started the season: at No. 2 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, trailing only Connecticut.

The Bears had dropped to No. 3 in the poll of 31 Division I women's coaches following their lone defeat, a 65-64 loss to No. 1 UConn in Hartford on Nov. 16.

After that result, Stanford took over the No. 2 spot behind UConn. But the Cardinal fell to No. 8 this week after dropping a pair of road games last week to Top 25 teams, losing at No. 18 DePaul and at No. 6 Tennessee in overtime. The Bears, meanwhile, beat Tennessee and Clemson.

With Baylor moving up and Stanford falling out of the top 5, Duke and Xavier both advanced a place, to No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.

Texas A&M, whose only loss is to Duke, rose two spots to No. 5.

Following No. 6 Tennessee are No. 7 West Virginia, No. 8 Stanford, No. 9 UCLA and No. 10 North Carolina.

DePaul was one of the biggest movers in the poll, as the Blue Demons climbed seven places to No. 18 following their win over Stanford.

Headed in the other direction were No. 20 Florida State, which fell from No. 14 after an upset loss at Yale, and Nebraska, which dropped out of the poll from No. 21 after losses to Houston, Marist and Louisville.

Unbeaten Arkansas entered the poll at No. 25.

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