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.