UConn No. 1 in women’s AP Top 25 again af­ter Notre Dame win

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NEW YORK — UConn is back in a fa­mil­iar place — No. 1 in the women’s bas­ket­ball poll.

The Huskies moved up one place to the top spot af­ter beat­ing former No. 1 Notre Dame on Sun­day by 18 points. UConn was the unan­i­mous choice from the 31-mem­ber na­tional me­dia panel Mon­day.

Geno Auriemma didn’t want to make too much of his team’s as­cen­sion to the top spot af­ter the 89-71 win over the Ir­ish.

“(We’ve) got a lot of tests com­ing up, at Louisville is no trip to the beach, nei­ther is at Bay­lor,” he said. “Pass one test doesn’t mean you’re go­ing to pass them all. Fail one test doesn’t mean you’re go­ing to fail them all. Poll comes out and we’re No. 1 that doesn’t change what we do at prac­tice.”

Auriemma did think that it was some­thing his play­ers could be proud of be­cause they beat the former No. 1 team in­stead of just be­ing handed a rank­ing.

“I think it makes our play­ers feel that we’re No. 1 and be­cause we did earn it,” he said.

The Ir­ish fell to sec­ond and were fol­lowed by Ore­gon, Bay­lor and Louisville.

Mis­sis­sippi State and Mary­land stayed at No. 6 and 7 as Ore­gon State, Ten­nessee and North Carolina State rounded out the top 10 teams in the poll af­ter Stan­ford and Texas both lost Sun­day.

The Wolf­pack matched their high­est rank­ing since 2014.

Mis­souri and Gon­zaga en­tered the Top 25 at No. 23 and 24 while Texas A&M and Iowa State dropped out.

The Zags moved into the poll for the first time since 2016 af­ter beat­ing Stan­ford on Sun­day. The Zags held a 17-point lead head­ing into the fourth quar­ter be­fore the Car­di­nal pulled to within three.

“If we play the right way, we can com­pete with any­one,” said Jill Townsend, who had 15 points in the 79-73 vic­tory. “It’s a huge win.”

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