UConn falls from coaches' No. 1

Updated: January 4, 2011, 3:42 PM ET
ESPN.com

Baylor has supplanted Connecticut as the No. 1 team in the ESPN/USA Today women's college basketball coaches' poll, vaulting to the top a week after the Huskies' 90-game win streak came to an end at Stanford.

Baylor (13-1), also ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 media poll, received 756 points and 17 of 31 possible first-place votes in the poll. Baylor's only loss came against UConn, a 65-64 defeat at Hartford on Nov. 16.

The Huskies (12-1) had 741 points and still had pull with the coaches, receiving 11 first-place votes.

The fall to No. 2 ends UConn's streak of 47 weeks at No. 1 in the coaches' poll. The Huskies had spent a record 51 consecutive weeks atop the AP poll.

No. 3 Duke received 718 points and the remaining three first-place votes from the panel of 31 Division I women's coaches.

Stanford, which ended UConn's record-breaking streak with a 71-59 win on Dec. 30, was No. 4, followed by Texas A&M at No. 5.

Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, Xavier and Kentucky round out the top 10. The Lady Vols were ranked No. 5 in the AP poll.

Xavier fell to No. 9 after consecutive losses to Duke and Stanford.

UConn, which still has a number of impressive streaks going -- including 69 straight wins at home and 241 straight games holding opponents below 50.0 percent shooting from the field -- faces Villanova on Wednesday. Villanova could extend another UConn streak -- the Huskies have won 45 straight following a loss.

Baylor, now on a 10-game win streak of its own, kicks off its Big 12 schedule against No. 16 Iowa State on Saturday.

Maryland gained ground in this week's poll, climbing to 15th from 20th, while former No. 12 Ohio State plunged to No. 21 and Iowa fell to No. 22 from No. 13 a week ago.

A pair of Big 12 teams, Texas and Oklahoma State, joined the poll at Nos. 24 and 25, respectively, while former No. 24 Arkansas and former No. 25 Boston College dropped out.

The Big 12, led by Baylor, and the Big East, led by UConn, both have six teams each in the Top 25.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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