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U of L climbs to No. 7 in women's poll; Lady Vols drop to No. 9

Connecticut stayed No. 1 in women's basketball Monday while a week full of upsets reshuffled the rest of the Top 25.

The Huskies enjoyed two blowout victories but were no longer a unanimous choice in the rankings by The Associated Press. North Carolina picked up a first-place vote, moving into the second spot after edging Oklahoma 80-79 Sunday in the championship game of the Preseason WNIT.

"At this point, North Carolina winning on Oklahoma's floor is more impressive than anything Connecticut has done," voter Rob Keys of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette said. "If the roles are reversed in the coming weeks, I won't hesitate to move Connecticut back to the top spot."

Louisville moved up two spots to No. 7, its best ranking ever. The Cardinals beat then-23 Xavier 65-55 on Saturday. Xavier fell to No. 25.

California climbed four spots to No. 3 for its highest ranking. Cal routed then-No. 3 Rutgers on Friday night. The Sooners fell two places to fourth. They have a game against Marist on Wednesday before visiting UConn on Sunday.

Stanford moved into fifth, followed by Baylor and Louisville. Texas A&M advanced four places to eighth.

Tennessee fell four spots to No. 9, its lowest ranking since Jan. 3, 2005 when the Lady Vols were 10th. The Lady Vols have been out of the top 10 only once since opening the season at No. 3 in 1986 — on March 3, 1997 — and have been among the first 10 for 209 straight weeks. The next closest team is North Carolina with 67 straight weeks.

Maryland moved back into the top 10, and Texas climbed three places to 11th. Duke fell six spots to No. 12 after losing to Hartford in DePaul's tournament.

Rutgers plummeted 10 places to 13th after getting routed on the West Coast by California and Stanford. Notre Dame climbed one spot to 14th and Auburn jumped five to No. 15 after beating Ohio State in overtime Sunday.

Virginia was the only team besides Connecticut to keep its same position in the poll this week, remaining 16th. Vanderbilt fell four places to 17th after losing at Michigan on Sunday. Oklahoma State was No. 18, Purdue improved two places to 19th and Ohio State fell three to 20th.

Arizona State was followed by TCU, Old Dominion and Michigan State, which entered the poll for the first time this season. Iowa State and Xavier were tied for the final spot. The Cyclones were last in the poll at the end of the 2007 season.

Florida State was the lone team to fall out after losing to rival Florida.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' women's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 23, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pvs

1. Connecticut (44) 3-0 1,124 1

2. North Carolina (1) 5-0 1,070 4

3. California 3-0 971 7

4. Oklahoma 3-1 943 2

5. Stanford 3-1 925 8

6. Baylor 4-0 845 10

7. Louisville 3-0 836 9

8. Texas A&M 3-0 741 12

9. Tennessee 2-1 716 5

10. Maryland 3-1 704 11

11. Texas 5-0 664 14

12. Duke 3-1 626 6

13. Rutgers 2-2 583 3

14. Notre Dame 3-0 579 15

15. Auburn 4-0 469 20

16. Virginia 2-1 444 16

17. Vanderbilt 4-1 352 13

18. Oklahoma St. 2-1 318 19

19. Purdue 3-0 303 21

20. Ohio St. 3-1 258 17

21. Arizona St. 2-1 257 18

22. TCU 3-0 211 24

23. Old Dominion 3-1 186 25

24. Michigan St. 5-0 79 —

25. Iowa St. 3-0 67 —

25. Xavier 2-2 67 23

Others receiving votes: Marist 59, Pittsburgh 40, Marquette 30, Florida St. 29, Hartford 24, Kansas St. 18, LSU 18, Georgia Tech 15, Arkansas 9, DePaul 8, Syracuse 8, Georgia 6, Coastal Carolina 4, Michigan 4, S. Dakota St. 4, Florida 3, Gonzaga 3, Utah 3, Montana 2.

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