UConn’s record streak of 16 years in the AP Top 10 Women’s College Basketball Poll is over.
The Huskies fell four places to No. 11 on Monday after losing to Louisville a day earlier. UConn had been ranked in the top 10 teams in the poll for 313 consecutive weeks since March 7, 2005, when the team was also 11th. That’s more than 101 weeks than Tennessee’s second-best streak in history.
No. 10 Baylor now has the longest active streak, with 136 consecutive top-10 appearances.
South Carolina remained the top unanimous selection, receiving 29 first-place votes from a panel of national journalists. The Gamecocks will face No. 2 Stanford on Tuesday in the second 1-vs.-2 meeting this season. The Cardinal moved up one spot after winning at Tennessee on Saturday. It’s the 600th appearance in the AP Top 25 poll for Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, who is 18 behind all-time leader Pat Summitt.
Louisville, Arizona and NC State follow Stanford to complete the top five. The Wolfpack fell three spots after losing in overtime to Georgia.
Maryland moved up three places to sixth. The Terrapins were followed by Tennessee, Indiana and Michigan. The Wolverines fell to Baylor in overtime on Sunday and are now in the top 10 for the first time.
The victory over the former-No. 5 Baylor was Michigan’s first over a top-five team in 34 attempts.
“We haven’t yet come to grips with the fact that we beat a top-five team,” Wolverines coach Kim Barnes Arico said after overtime victory at the Women’s Hall of Fame Showcase. “It is a great iconic victory.”
UConn has been ranked for 533 straight weeks – the second longest streak in poll history, behind Tennessee’s 565 mark. Plus, the Huskies haven’t lost consecutive games since 1993. They don’t play again until the 29th. December against Marquette. The Huskies already have three losses this season – it’s the first time they’ve had that many before the new year since 2004.
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Stanford visits South Carolina, Tuesday. The Cardinal have already faced five ranked teams this season and are involved in their first 1-vs.-2 meeting since 2012. The Gamecocks have also been put to the test this season, beating five Top 25 teams.