UK Women's Basketball

Kentucky women hold steady at No. 9; Duke’s 16-year poll run ends

Staff, Wire Reports

The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team split a pair of games last week but held its ground in The Associated Press poll released Monday.

Kentucky lost to second-ranked and undefeated South Carolina on Thursday, then beat Auburn on Sunday. The Wildcats were No. 9 last week and checked in at No. 9 again on Monday.

The Wildcats (14-2) are back in action Thursday at Ole Miss.

Louisville, winners of 11 straight games, climbed to No. 17 this week. The Cardinals were out of the poll for six weeks before jumping back in last week at No. 23.

Meanwhile, Duke’s streak of 312 straight weeks in the AP poll is over.

The Blue Devils entered the Top 25 on Nov. 29, 1999, and hadn’t left until Monday. It’s the third-longest streak in the history of the poll since it began in 1976. Only Tennessee (561) and UConn (423) have had longer runs in the Top 25. The Huskies remained No. 1 on Monday after routing Memphis and Temple this past week by an average of 47.5 points.

UConn was followed by South Carolina, Notre Dame, Baylor and Maryland. Texas dropped to sixth after losing its first game of the season to Baylor on Sunday. Duke (13-6) has lost three of its last five games to Syracuse, Louisville and N.C. State. The Blue Devils spent 34 weeks at No. 1 during its 16-year run.

Associated Press Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 17, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record

Points

Previous

1. UConn (32)

16-0

800

1

2. South Carolina

17-0

766

2

3. Notre Dame

16-1

738

3

4. Baylor

18-1

700

6

5. Maryland

16-2

655

8

6. Texas

16-1

653

4

7. Ohio St.

13-4

568

5

8. Arizona St.

15-3

558

10

9. Kentucky

14-2

548

9

10. Mississippi St.

16-2

530

7

11. Oregon St.

14-3

493

12

12. Stanford

14-4

411

11

13. Texas A&M

13-5

399

15

14. Florida St.

13-4

397

16

15. South Florida

12-4

326

19

16. Miami

17-2

267

21

17. Louisville

14-5

254

23

18. Tennessee

11-5

235

13

19. Oklahoma

12-4

191

14

20. UCLA

12-5

160

17

21. Michigan St.

13-4

151

18

22. Florida

15-3

104

20

23. Missouri

15-3

103

24

24. DePaul

13-6

82

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25. West Virginia

15-4

54

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Others receiving votes: Purdue 47, Northwestern 46, Washington 42, Duke 32, Syracuse 20, Green Bay 19, George Washington 11, UTEP 7, Iowa 6, California 5, Oklahoma St. 5, Arkansas 4, Colorado St. 3, San Diego 3, St. Bonaventure 3, BYU 2, Southern Cal 1, Villanova 1.

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