Jan. 4, 2010

A new year, the same old No. 1 in women's college basketball.

Connecticut once again was the unanimous choice as the top team in The Associated Press women's Top 25 poll, receiving all 40 first-place votes from a national media panel Monday. It's the 33rd straight week the Huskies are No. 1, and they moved within three of the record of consecutive polls at No. 1 set by Louisiana Tech from 1980-82.

Last week, the Huskies (12-0) beat then-No. 19 Florida State by 19 points and routed Seton Hall by 67 points in their Big East opener. The Huskies face South Florida on Monday night.

Stanford was No. 2, with Notre Dame, Tennessee and Baylor rounding out the top 5.

Ohio State was sixth followed by North Carolina, Georgia, Duke, and Texas A&M. The Lady Bulldogs flipped spots with Duke for the only change in the Top 10. Georgia is 14-0 for only the second time in school history, matching the record of the 1998-99 team that reached the Final Four.

It's not a real surprise that not much else changed as the top 10 teams went a combined 24-0, winning by an average of 34 points this past week. With conference play starting to heat up, it will be tougher to keep that streak going.

LSU, Nebraska, Florida State, Oklahoma and Texas were the next five. At No. 12, Nebraska matched the best ranking in school history. The Cornhuskers, who play at Vermont on Monday night and Iowa State on Saturday, were also ranked 12th on Dec. 1, 1997.

Xavier dropped one spot to 16th. The Musketeers were followed by Vanderbilt, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Michigan State, and Georgia Tech.

Virginia, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Kansas and TCU rounded out the poll.

Pittsburgh, Arizona State and James Madison all fell out, marking the first time in three weeks that teams had dropped from the Top 25. They were replaced by West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Texas Christian. The Mountaineers (14-1) beat St. John's on Saturday for their 14th win in the first 15 games - the best start in school history.