March 1, 2010

While UConn has been the unanimous choice as No. 1 over the past two years, Stanford has remained a steadfast running mate.

Connecticut ran its remarkable streak atop The Associated Press women's basketball poll to 41 weeks Monday, while the Cardinal remained a stalwart No. 2 for the 20th week. They easily surpassed North Carolina's 15-week run at No. 2 in 2006-07 to set a new standard.

It's the longest streak in the 34-year history of the rankings that the top two teams remained unchanged. The only time the top two teams were the same for an entire season was in 1982, when Louisiana Tech and Southern Cal held those spots. That year, though, the two flopped places in early January when the Lady Techsters won the game between them.

Nebraska, Tennessee and Xavier rounded out the top 5 for the second straight week.

The Huskies (29-0) have won 68 consecutive games after beating Georgetown on Saturday. They finish the regular season at No. 6 Notre Dame on Monday night. After wrapping up its 18th Big East regular season title on Saturday, UConn has a bye until Sunday's quarterfinals, where they will try and match their own NCAA record of 70 straight wins.

The Musketeers became the sixth Atlantic 10 team to go undefeated in the conference with their victory over Fordham on Sunday. "I'm happy for the kids, but I worry about where we are ranked at the end of the season," Xavier coach Kevin McGuff said.

The Irish were followed by West Virginia, Florida State, Duke and Ohio State. The Blue Devils fell three spots after losing to rival North Carolina on Sunday.

The ACC, Big Ten and SEC have all finished regular-season play and begin their conference tournaments this week. The Big East finishes its regular season Monday night.

Oklahoma remained 11th while Georgetown moved up one spot to 12th after its loss at UConn. The Hoyas were followed by three Big 12 teams - Iowa State, Baylor and Texas A&M.

St. John's moved up to 16th, and was followed by Gonzaga, Texas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State. LSU, Georgia, Hartford, Virginia and Michigan State rounded out the Top 25.

Michigan State re-entered the poll this week; Georgia Tech was the only team to drop out.