Stanford jumps to top spot in AP poll for first time in seven years
STANFORD, Calif. -- Fresh off of a 71-69 victory against previous-No. 1 Baylor on Friday that led to the 2012 Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic title, Stanford took over the top spot in the Associated Press Poll for the first time since March 2005.
The Cardinal (5-0) received 21 of the 39 first-place votes to leapfrog No. 2 Connecticut. The Huskies received 17 first-place votes.
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Baylor, which had held the top spot in the poll since the start of the 2011-12 season, dropped to No. 3 and received the remaining first-place vote. Duke and Notre Dame rounded out the top five.
It marks the fourth time in program history that Stanford has held the No. 1 spot in the AP Poll. Overall, the Cardinal has spent nine weeks atop the poll across three previous tenures. Stanford opened the 1992-93 season atop the poll, spending a week in the No. 1 spot, then opened the 1996-97 season in the top spot where it stayed for the first six weeks of the campaign. The Cardinal then ascended to No. 1 for the final two weeks of the 2004-05 season.
Stanford went 3-0 at the Rainbow Wahine Classic over the weekend, also defeating host Hawaii and Tennessee-Martin. Junior forward Chiney Ogwumike was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after averaging 19.3 points and 11.7 rebounds and shooting 62.5 percent (25-for-40) from the field in three wins. Against Baylor, Ogwumike scored 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting, including the first 3-pointer of her collegiate career, and grabbed eight rebounds.