Stanford moves to the top of women's hoops poll

By The Sports Network
November 19, 2012 - 2:03pm

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.


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Why the geniuses at ESPN2 kept saying 2-0 Connecticut would be #1 when 4-0 Stanford just defeated Baylor left me scratching my head. Stanford gets no respect in the East! Glad the poll voters got it right.

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True that, Jim. But in fairness to ESPN, I, too, predicted to Clay last weekend that UConn would end up No. 1 this week, not because I thought that's how it should pan out, but because that's how I thought it would wind up, precisely because of the East Coast bias of the polls, and esp. the AP poll. So, I, too, was pleasantly surprised to see the pollsters get it right -- in this instance. At the opposite end of the spectrum, I thought dropping the Aggies out of the Top 25 entirely was too harsh. True, they're 0-3, but all three losses were to higher ranked teams in the Top 25 and the first two losses were squeakers. Obviously, the third loss, to Connecticut, was a rout, but then one should expect a team ranked in the mid-to-lower tiers of the polls to get taken to school by a team in the Top 25, so why should that drop them out of the polls which are still chock full of programs that have dropped games to completely unranked teams -- or worse yet, those whose level of confidence and competitive spirit is such that they've yet to schedule a game against anyone but East Outer Armpit U! I expect we'll see the Aggies back later in the season as they reap the fruits of their challenging early season schedule, but personally, If I were Queen for a Day, any team in the Top 25 would drop at least two ranks each week they play a powder puff opponent once the exhibition season is over and regular season begins, with the penalty for under-scheduling increasing weekly as the conference season approaches.