UConn ends decade where it be­gan: No. 1 in women’s Top 25

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - AP Basketball Writer

By Doug Fein­berg

NEW YORK (AP) >> UConn fin­ished off the decade in the same spot where it be­gan — No. 1 in The As­so­ci­ated Press women’s col­lege basketball poll.

The Huskies re­ceived 19 first-place votes on Mon­day, beat­ing No. 2 Ore­gon and No. 3 Ore­gon State, which both got five first­place votes. South Carolina and Stan­ford round out the top five. With few games this week be­cause of the hol­i­days, the first 22 teams in the poll stayed the same as the previous week.

It’s been some decade for the Huskies: five na­tional cham­pi­onships, a to­tal of 17 losses and all 194 weeks ranked in the top five. UConn has been the No. 1 team in the Top 25 in 111 of them, a run that in­cluded an 111-game win­ning streak.

No. 6 Bay­lor has the sec­ond-most No. 1 rank­ings over the past 10 years with 47. The two teams will play each other on Jan. 9 in Hart­ford, Con­necti­cut.

The Huskies had the week off for the hol­i­days, with their next game com­ing on Thurs­day against Wi­chita State. UConn hopes to have coach Geno Auriemma back for that game after he missed the Huskies’ fi­nal game of 2019 be­cause of surgery to treat di­ver­ti­c­uli­tis.

Other tid­bits from the poll:

RE­TURN­ING GOLDEN GOPHERS

Min­nesota re­turned to the rank­ings this week at No. 24 rid­ing an 11-game win­ning streak. Lind­say Whalen’s team was ranked 23rd in the pre­sea­son poll be­fore fall­ing out after a loss to Missouri State in the opener. Min­nesota re­placed Michi­gan, which fell out of the rank­ings.

RISE AND LADY VOLS

While Ten­nessee has been hold­ing strong in the poll this sea­son, the 22nd-ranked Lady Vols

FALL

OF saw a his­toric 31-year run in the Top 25 end ear­lier this decade. In 2016, Ten­nessee fell out of the poll for the first time since 1985, end­ing a record streak of 565 con­sec­u­tive weeks ranked. PAC-12 POW­ERS While UConn re­ceived 19 first-place votes and Ore­gon and Ore­gon State five apiece, South Carolina got the other one. The Ducks and Beavers are two of four Pac-12 teams in the top 10. Stan­ford is fifth and UCLA is 10th. The Beavers are off to the best start in school his­tory, go­ing 12-0. UCLA has matched the pro­gram’s fastest start, also go­ing 12-0.

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