Nov. 15, 2010

Connecticut extended its unprecedented run atop the women's basketball poll to a 45th straight week.

To keep that streak going another week, the Huskies will have to overcome a big test when Brittney Griner and No. 2 Baylor come to Hartford on Tuesday night.

The Huskies, who have won a record 79 straight games, received 39 of the 40 first-place votes in The Associated Press Top 25 poll Monday. Baylor received the other first-place vote from a national media panel and remained second. Stanford, Tennessee, and Xavier rounded out the first five.

There wasn't much movement in the poll from the preseason ballot as the Top 25 teams went 30-1 over the opening weekend with the lone loss coming by then-No. 14 St. John's to Kansas State.

Don't expect similar results this week as there are a handful of great games starting with Tuesday's showdown in Hartford. It's the 46th time that the top two teams in the poll have played. The No. 1 ranked team holds a 26-19 lead in the series. Most of those matchups usually come later in the season. This is the earliest that the top teams have played in either men's or women's basketball.

During its streak, UConn has faced the No. 2 team four other times and won by nearly 17 points a game.

"I just don't think you can go into a game like this at this time of the year and make it more than really what it is," Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said. "Really. If Wednesday morning they're 1 and we're 2, does the world change that much?"

Baylor, which lost to Connecticut in the national semifinals last season, has never beaten a top-ranked opponent.

"It's nothing more than a measuring stick," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey told The Associated Press. "It's the type of game that the fans deserve to see. Women's basketball deserves to have a matchup like that."

Also on Tuesday night, No. 13 Georgetown hosts 21st-ranked Maryland. Later in the week, 15th-ranked UCLA visits No. 12 Notre Dame.

Duke remained sixth. The Blue Devils were once again followed by Ohio State, Texas A&M and Kentucky. West Virginia moved up one spot to 10th flipping places with Oklahoma.

The Sooners beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but still fell a spot. Oklahoma was followed by Notre Dame, Georgetown and North Carolina.

UCLA was 15th followed by Florida State, Texas, Georgia, Iowa State and St. John's. The Red Storm lost at Kansas State in the finals of the Wildcats tournament.

Maryland, Iowa, Vanderbilt, TCU and Michigan State round out the poll.