New York, NY (Sports Network) - Stanford ended Baylor's winning streak last
week and on Monday halted the Lady Bears' lengthy run as the No. 1 women's
basketball team in the nation.
The Cardinal notched a 71-69 victory last Friday in Hawaii, stopping Baylor's 42-game winning streak, and on Monday vaulted from fourth to the top of the latest Associated Press poll.
Stanford earned 21 first-place votes and a total of 952 points from a nationwide media panel to edge Connecticut for the top spot. UConn picked up 17 No. 1 tallies and 943 points to remain second, while Baylor dropped to third.
Despite Friday's narrow loss, the Lady Bears still garnered top consideration from one voter. Baylor had been the top-ranked team in the previous 21 polls.
Duke dropped a spot to fourth and is followed by Notre Dame, Penn State, Louisville, Georgia, Kentucky and Maryland.
The second 10 consists of California, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Purdue, Texas, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, St. John's, UCLA and Tennessee. UCLA was unranked last week.
Oklahoma State, Kansas, Nebraska, Dayton and North Carolina are the last five teams ranked this week. Kansas, Dayton and North Carolina are all newcomers.
Delaware, Texas A&M, Miami-Florida and Georgetown all dropped out.