Jan. 19, 2009

Connecticut and North Carolina are at the top of the poll again, and it will stay that way for at least another week even after the Huskies and Tar Heels meet in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown.

Connecticut was the unanimous top choice in The Associated Press poll for the eighth straight week Monday, while North Carolina received all the second-place votes for a second straight week. Oklahoma, Duke, and Baylor round out the first five.

The Huskies (17-0) play the Tar Heels (17-0) on Monday night in Chapel Hill in the 42nd matchup between the top two teams in the AP women's poll. No. 1 leads 22-19 in the games, but the top-ranked team has lost four of the past five meetings.

UConn, which received all 45 first-place votes from the national media panel, last played in a 1-2 game in 2003, when then-No. 2 Connecticut beat a No. 1 Duke. The Tar Heels have played in a 1-2 game in three of the past four seasons. The previous two times came against ACC rival Duke in 2006 and 2007.

Auburn is ranked No. 6, joining UConn and North Carolina as the only unbeaten teams. Louisville remained seventh, while California vaulted three spots to No. 8 after beating Stanford 57-54 on Sunday. It was Cal's first win over Stanford at home since 1993.

Texas A&M fell one place to ninth after losing at Oklahoma on Sunday. A week after falling to its lowest ranking in 23 years, Tennessee moved back into the top 10. Stanford fell two places to 11th, followed by Maryland, Notre Dame, Texas, and Florida.

Virginia fell two places to 16th after a loss to North Carolina on Friday, followed by Vanderbilt, Kansas State, Ohio State and Marist, which moved up one place to 20th for its best ranking. Marist won its 13th consecutive game Sunday.

Rutgers, Florida State, New Mexico, Oklahoma State and Pittsburgh rounded out the Top 25. The Seminoles rejoined the poll after falling out in the third week of the season. They beat then-No. 24 Georgia Tech on Sunday. The Yellow Jackets and Iowa State dropped out of the poll.

The Cyclones had jumped into the poll at No. 20 last week, but lost at Baylor and Kansas State.