New No. 1 Is UConn

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It is halftime here at Oregon. The UConn women are ahead 54-24. No surprise.

No surprise No. 2:  UConn is now No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll. The Huskies had 37 first-place votes Monday, while second-ranked Baylor got the other three. The Huskies last held the top spot at the end of the 2010-11 season.

The Huskies have now been ranked in the AP Poll for 355 consecutive weeks and hold a 296-13 all-time record when playing as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25.

UConn has been ranked No. 1 for a record-total of 156 weeks. The most recent run at No. 1 was the longest in the history of the AP Poll spanning 51 consecutive weeks.

Prior to the January 9, 2012 poll, the Huskies had been ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 every week since the final poll of the 2006-07 season, a span of voting 65 weeks.

UConn has been ranked No. 1 in the final AP Poll ten times in its history (2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08, 2002-03, 2001-02, 2000-01, 1999-00, 1996-97, 1994-95).

Duke moved up to third. Stanford, which held the top place for six weeks after beating Baylor, is now fourth. Notre Dame was fifth. The Huskies, who beat Stanford 61-35 on Saturday to end the Cardinal’s 82-game home winning streak, will host the Irish on Saturday.

Notre Dame is followed by Kentucky, California, Maryland, Penn State and Georgia. The Lady Bulldogs dropped four places after losing their first game of the season to Illinois.

Dayton dropped seven spots to No. 22 after losing its first game to Bowling Green.

Nebraska entered the poll at No. 25 as Texas fell out.

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20 thoughts on “New No. 1 Is UConn

  1. Cliff

    Twas a Coupla Nights after Christmas 2012

    Twas a coupla nights after Christmas 2012, when all through Stanford’s house?
    Hardly a UCONN fan was heard over Stanford’s “Victory or else!”
    Steph, Bria, and steeple-tall Stewie hung by Chiney with care,?
    Sporting steely eyes that declared No. 1 would soon be theirs.??

    Kaleena rushed to plunk in a three,?
    While Stanford stumbled with shaking knee.?
    Kelly running hard, and Caroline with her snap,?
    Woke up Stanford’s brains from their long winter’s nap.??

    When down the right side there arose such a clatter,
    as Stewie lept over a Cardinal wondering what’s the freakin’ matter???
    Away to the fast break flew Bria and Kaleena in a flash,?
    Playing three shots like pinball, turning money shots into cash.??

    By now the Cardinals appeared dazed, frozen like deer don’t ya know,?
    And still so many more weapons did UCONN have to bestow.?
    When, what to Stanford fans’ wondering eyes should appear,?
    But a whirling Stephanie Dolson, putting her foes into fear!?

    Then little old Coach Geno, so lively and quick,
    Smiled ever so slightly, as his guys roll and pick,
    While more rapid than eagles our strong UCONN women came,?
    And Coach whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!??

    “Now Kelly! now, Stewie! now, Jefferson and Tuck!?
    On, Banks! On, Kiah! on, on KLM and Heather Buck!?
    To the top of the key! to the top of the rim!?
    Now dash away! Dash away! after each shot goes in!”??

    As all streaks before a steel defense fly,?
    When they meet with UCONN, even soaring Cardinal birds die.?
    So up to the Maple house-top the Huskie women they flew,?
    With a sleigh full of game, plus Chris, Shea, and Coach Geno, too.??

    And then, in a twinkling, Cardinal fans stared in disbelief,
    At UCONN women prancing and dancing (the silenced crowd a nice relief).
    As Stanford froze with despair, and were looking all around,?
    Three Huskies spotted Chiney and cornered her with a bound.??

    Geno was dressed dapper as always, from his head to his foot,?
    But still ran smack into a Technical, no matter his chistled look.
    A bundle of Weapons he had flung on his back,?
    He looked like a Pro with his defense-magic pack.??

    His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!?
    His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!?
    His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,?
    And a tiny smile escaped, but Geno couldn’t let that show.??

    The stump of a compliment he held tight in his teeth,?
    But the aura of the smile encircled his head like a wreath.?
    He had a broad face and a little round belly,?
    That shook when he laughed, amusing Steph and Kelly!??

    He was cajoling and pressing, a right jolly old elf,?
    UCONN women hung on his advice, sure of themself!?
    A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,?
    Soon gave Stanford notice they had lots to dread.??

    He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,?
    And watched the game unfold, then turned with a jerk.?
    Laying one finger aside of his nose,?
    After a respectful nod to Tara, up the charts his team rose!??

    He sprang to his feet, to his team gave a whistle,?
    And away they all flew, leaving Stanford to bristle.?
    But I heard the team exclaim, ‘ere they drove out of sight,?
    “Merry Christmas to our fans, we did, indeed, have a good night!”

    1. nhntc47

      Very nice. Hope to hear from you again when these wonderful women win another national championship in April.

    2. Newgirl2

      Thank you Cliff. This is nicely done, and proves that you’re very observant to every single minute detail. Thanks again, and all the best for the new year!!

  2. Jim

    Very talented Cliff what a great compliment and so deserved. Let’s all look forward to the Dance and watch our lovely ladies waltz or foxtrot or just beat the tar out the oppenents

  3. Cliff

    The women inspired us all!

    I live in Carmel, CA, but born and bred in CT. I’m the only one who escaped. UCONN ’72.

    But I never miss a game online or cable. Almost made it to Stanford, only 90 min away to bring a banner that said: “Today Connecticut Owns This House!”, but didn’t quite get there.

    I hope the team members and Geno get to see this!

    And yes, nhntc47, since you asked, count on one on the night we win the National Championship!

    You Go Girls!


    1. Village Idiot

      Cliff–Ignoring the colin sphynster among us. This was an amazing tribute to OUR women.

      Any where near Los Altos or Palo Alto–I have UConn grads out there. Attorneys both.

      I’ve done my own spoof of the Night Before Xmas but never as clever or as timely. Just Wonderful.

  4. Sandra K321

    Loved it! Uconn alumni here who always watches the girls’ team. I’m just disappointed that no one thought to show the game today with the newly crowned #1 team in Oregon (unless of course you have a satellite and get Pac-10 tv).

  5. Sal and Irene

    Great poem Cliff. Makes me proud to be a UCONN 1960 Alum.

    listened to the Oregon game on WTIC. Caroline was great.

    Go Uconn!!!

  6. Palimpsest

    I find it disconcerting that the powers that be can anoint a team number one without beating all the number ones. I am a Uconn fan and Love Cliffs poetry. But Stanford beat a solid Baylor team without their leader Sims. That should have been considered before making Stanford the number one team. It has been questioned whether Stanford could have beaten Baylor had Sims played. I think Uconn has shown that the answer is NO and positive NO. Stanford is good, it appears they were Lucky against Baylor.
    The Baylor/Uconn game shall establish who is really number one. But let us enjoy being 1 .

  7. martin fallon

    Geno is right; it’s the last team standing that dictates who is the real number one, and the NCAA champion is undisputed. And playing the same team twice or more does add pressure to the ultimate winner, as no secrets remain by the time the favorites square off in the final contest. I still believe Notre Dame is our most dangerous opponent but would love to be proven wrong on Saturday.

  8. Dave

    Cliff that was great. But Dude you have to much time on your hands! Kinda creepy!

  9. Tom

    To all the Doty detractors:

    “Doty had 14 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and had seven assists and four steals.”

  10. Cliff

    Village: Palo Alto IS Stanford’s home, as you know, and I am 90 min south near Pebble Beach. One firm we use in Palo Alto is Fenwick West, which I’m sure your grads know well.

    Palimpsest: Agree with you: Stanford never deserved No 1. We proved that and we will definitively clinch the spot after the Baylor game.

    Martin: Last team standing is the final proof. There will be some good games now everyone is again trying to knock UCONN down a peg every game.

    Dave: It just came pouring out after the game. Possibly creepy, but yes, perhaps a bit too much time on my hands. I just felt our women had given so much, it was time to give back. You?

    Tom: I kept thinking the whole Oregon game that perhaps Geno or Doty reads these comments. We should all keep that in mind if true!

    “Fans are not blind followers, but success speaks volumes about how our coaches are doing. Don’t knock success, fans!”

  11. Baylor has 2 best players in NCAA

    Doty still sucks. One good game in her entire career against a high school team does not change anyone’s mind. She will be spending a lot of time on the bench against ND.

  12. Cliff

    Baylor: Please come back after the Baylor game so we can reassess your theories.

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