UConn moves to No. 1 in women’s poll

Antelope Valley Press - - Sports - By DOUG FEIN­BERG

NEW YORK — UConn is back in a fa­mil­iar spot — No. 1 in The As­so­ci­ated Press women’s bas­ket­ball poll.

The Huskies moved up to the top po­si­tion in the poll Mon­day af­ter pre­vi­ous No. 1 Stan­ford lost at Texas on Sun­day. UConn has spent more time at No. 1 than any other team in the his­tory of the sport. This is the 243rd week has held the top rank­ing.

UConn re­ceived 19 first­place votes from the na­tional me­dia panel. Ore­gon was se­cond with Ore­gon State, South Carolina and Stan­ford round­ing out the first five teams. The Ducks drew five first-place votes, Ore­gon State four and South Carolina one.

The Huskies (10-0) are com­ing off a rout of Ok­la­homa and don’t play again un­til Jan. 2. Even with the huge win, UConn as­so­ci­ate head coach Chris Dai­ley, fill­ing in while Hall of Famer Geno Auriemma re­cu­per­ates from surgery last week to relieve symp­toms of di­ver­ti­c­uli­tis, said she wasn’t sure the Huskies were the best team in the na­tion..

“I don’t know that we’re the No. 1 team in the coun­try,” Dai­ley said. “I haven’t seen enough of a lot of peo­ple. But I’ve known our team when we have been No. 1. This team isn’t there yet. We’re not re­ally wor­ried about No. 1 now. What we want to do is give our­selves the best chance to be in po­si­tion in March.”

This might be the most un­likely of UConn teams to reach No. 1 this soon. The Huskies grad­u­ated stars Napheesa Col­lier and Katie Lou Sa­muel­son. The team isn’t very deep, play­ing six or seven play­ers ev­ery game. Yet it seems they keep get­ting bet­ter.

“I think we played as close to a good 40 min­utes as we had all year,” Dai­ley said. “To­day there was no lull, that was a big step for this team.”

While UConn hasn’t played many ranked teams yet, the Huskies have a chal­leng­ing month af­ter the New Year. They will face No. 6 Bay­lor, No. 2 Ore­gon, No. 22 Ten­nessee

and South Carolina.

Mi­ami and Texas re-en­tered the Top 25 at 24 and 25 as South Dakota and Michi­gan State fell out. The Longhorns be­came just the sev­enth un­ranked team to knock off the No. 1 team in the coun­try.

Ore­gon State has its high­est rank­ing ever at No. 3, and at 11-0 is off to the best start in school his­tory.

As­so­ci­ated Press

FA­MIL­IAR SPOT UConn as­so­ci­ate head coach Chris Dai­ley, left, and player Crys­tal Danger­field re­act in the first half against Ok­la­homa on Sun­day. UConn is No. 1 again.

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