San Francisco Chronicle

Stanford women rise to No. 3 spot


Coming off a road sweep of the Arizona schools, Tara VanDerveer’s Stanford Cardinal moved from No. 6 to No. 3 in the Associated Press poll released Monday.

Stanford (24-3, 12-2 Pac-12) dusted then-No. 17 Arizona 84-60 on Thursday night and then pounded Arizona State 96-64 on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinal will host No. 25 USC on Friday evening.

South Carolina earned the No. 1 ranking for the 34th consecutiv­e week. That is tied for the thirdlonge­st run atop the poll with UConn. Only the Huskies (51 weeks) and Louisiana Tech (36) have had longer streaks at No. 1.

The Gamecocks (25-0), who were again a unanimous choice from the 28member national media panel, routed then-No. 3 LSU 88-64 on Sunday in a matchup of previously unbeaten teams. The Tigers fell to fifth.

Indiana was No. 2 and Utah was No. 4. It’s the best ranking in school history for the Utes, who moved up three places this week. The Cardinal and Utah (22-2, 12-2) are tied atop the Pac-12; they meet in Salt Lake City on Feb. 25.

Also on Monday, Stanford center Lauren Betts was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week. She had a combined 25 points on 12-for-15 shooting from the floor in the Cardinal’s two wins in Arizona.

WCC honors Heal again:

For the fourth straight week and the 10th time this season, Santa Clara guard Tess Heal has been named the WCC Freshman of the Week. The Melbourne, Australia, native scored a personalhi­gh 29 points in a loss at Pacific and 20 in a loss at St. Mary’s. — Steve Kroner #2 Indiana 83, #13 Ohio

State 59: Mackenzie Holmes scored a careerhigh 33 points and Sara Scalia made six 3-pointers as the visiting Hoosiers extended their winning streak to 12 games. Indiana (24-1, 14-1 Big Ten) shot 74% in the first half and didn’t look back, pulling away from Ohio State (21-5, 10-5) after the score knotted 6-6.

#22 Iowa State 66, #17 Texas 61: Ashley Joens scored 24 points, Emily Ryan had 12 points and eight assists and the host Cyclones snapped a threegame skid. Lexi Donarski had 11 points and Fritz scored 10 for Iowa State (16-7, 8-5 Big 12). Ndjakaleng­a Mwenentand­a added 10 points for Texas (20-7, 11-3).

MEN St. Mary’s drops to No. 17 in AP poll

Randy Bennett’s St. Mary’s Gaels dropped two spots to No. 17 in the AP poll released Monday.

The Gaels (22-5, 11-1 WCC) had won 12 in a row before losing 78-74 in overtime at Loyola Marymount on Thursday night. They rebounded to knock off host Portland 81-64 on Saturday. Senior guard Logan Johnson scored a combined 65 points in the two games.

St. Mary’s plays at San Diego on Thursday night before returning to Moraga to meet BYU on Saturday evening. — Steve Kroner #15 Miami 80, North Carolina 72: Jordan Miller had 24 points and 11 rebounds as the visiting Hurricanes took control after halftime then had to hold off a late rally to beat the Tar Heels. Nijel Pack added 23 points for Miami (21-5, 12-4 ACC). The Tar Heels (16-10, 8-7) trailed by 11 in the final 2½ minutes before making a comeback that fell short.

New top dog: Alabama is the new No. 1, rising to the top spot for the first time in 20 years. Purdue’s loss to Northweste­rn last week caused a jumble at the top of the AP Top 25 and that helped the Crimson Tide.

 ?? Jay LaPrete/Associated Press ?? Indiana forward Mackenzie Holmes blocks a shot during the Hoosiers’ win over Ohio State.
Jay LaPrete/Associated Press Indiana forward Mackenzie Holmes blocks a shot during the Hoosiers’ win over Ohio State.

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