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Doug Feinberg | The Associated Press | February 25, 2019

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NEW YORK — A win over the No. 2 team in the country earned UCLA its first ranking of the season.

The Bruins entered The Associated Press women’s basketball poll on Monday at No. 25 after rallying from 22 points down to upset Oregon on Friday night. UCLA lost a close contest against Oregon State on Sunday.

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The Ducks lost to the rival Beavers on Monday and fell to No. 6 in the poll. Oregon State moved up to ninth.

Baylor garnered all 28 first-place votes to remain No. 1 in the Top 25. The Lady Bears clinched their ninth consecutive Big 12 championship this past week. They host No. 18 Texas on Monday night.

UConn, Louisville, Notre Dame and Mississippi State round out the first five teams in the AP Top 25. Stanford, Maryland and N.C. State are the other three teams in the first 10.

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South Dakota fell out of the rankings after losing to rival Summit League rival South Dakota State over the weekend. The Coyotes spent two weeks in the poll after getting ranked for the first time in school history earlier this month.

UCLA had a nice run in the Top 25 over the past few years reaching as high as fifth last season. The Bruins lost stars Monique Billings and Jordin Canada to graduation and the WNBA.

Here are some other tidbits from the AP Top 25 this week:


Kentucky climbed five spots to No. 11. That’s the best ranking for the Wildcats since they were ninth on Jan. 18, 2016. They knocked off then-No. 13 South Carolina on Thursday before edging LSU on Sunday. Kentucky is currently in third in the SEC.

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Fourteen of the Top 25 teams lost last week, including seven to unranked schools. That tends to happen a lot in conference play where teams know each other better.


Thursday will see a trio of games between ranked teams. No. 3 Louisville hosts 10th-ranked N.C. State; No. 19 Texas A&M visits 11th-ranked Kentucky and 22nd- ranked Florida State hosts No. 17 Syracuse.

Here is the full Top 25: 






1 Baylor (28) 25-1 700 1
2 Connecticut 25-2 663 3
3 Louisville 25-2 639 4
4 Notre Dame 25-3 625 5
5 Mississippi State 25-2 576 6
6 Oregon 25-3 559 2
7 Stanford 23-4 506 7
8 Maryland 24-3 489 8
9 Oregon State 23-5 486 12
10 North Carolina State 24-3 454 9
11 Kentucky 23-5 368 16
12 Iowa 21-6 367 10
13 Marquette 23-5 356 11
14 South Carolina 20-7 346 13
15 Miami (FL) 23-6 320 14
16 Gonzaga 25-3 308 15
17 Syracuse 20-6 258 18
18 Texas 21-6 241 19
19 Texas A&M 20-6 179 21
20 Iowa State 20-7 173 20
21 Arizona State 18-8 106 17
22 Florida State 21-6 97 22
23 Drake 21-5 78 24
24 Rice 23-3 67 25
25 UCLA 17-11 40 NR

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