Marist receives season's first ranking
Bears' grip loosens on No. 1 spot
The Associated Press
Baylor’s grip on No. 1 is becoming looser as Connecticut closes the gap.
The Lady Bears received 23 first-place votes Monday in the women’s college basketball poll by The Associated Press. No. 2 Connecticut gained two first-place votes from last week.
The Huskies had two impressive victories, routing then-No. 3 Duke by 36 points and No. 9 DePaul by 23 points. UConn has 16 first-place votes and plays at No. 17 West Virginia on Tuesday.
Baylor had two big wins of its own this week, blowing out No. 13 Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Stanford, Tennessee and Duke round out the first five.
Penn State and Marist joined the poll at No. 23 and 25. Marist has won 17 in a row. Iowa and Georgia Tech fell from the rankings.