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Doug Feinberg | The Associated Press | January 15, 2018

Louisville No. 2 in AP Top 25 for first time ever

  Myisha Hines-Allen (2) and the Cards are making program history.

NEW YORK — Jeff Walz has Louisville in uncharted territory.

The undefeated Cardinals moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll Monday, the highest ranking in school history.

Full AP Top 25 poll:

1 UConn (32) 15-0 800 1
2 Louisville 19-0 766 3
3 Mississippi State 19-0 729 4
4 Baylor 15-1 698 5
5 Notre Dame 16-2 665 2
6 Tennessee 16-1 630 6
7 Oregon 17-2 615 8
8 Ohio State 16-2 563 10
9 Texas 14-2 540 7
10 South Carolina 14-3 510 9
11 Missouri 15-2 478 12
12 Florida State 16-2 445 13
13 UCLA 13-4 419 14
14 Maryland 15-3 381 11
15 Duke 14-4 326 16
16 Texas A&M 14-5 272 17
17 West Virginia 15-3 256 15
18 Oregon State 13-4 236 22
19 Michigan 15-4 183 23
20 Iowa 15-3 148 18
21 California 13-4 123 24
22 Arizona State 13-5 108 18
23 Green Bay 14-2 99 25
24 Oklahoma State 12-4 96 20
25 Rutgers 17-3 90 21

"I'm really excited for them," Walz told the AP in a phone interview. "Obviously being No. 2 in January is a great honor and shows the work our players have done, but it's not our ultimate goal. We're quite aware there's a lot of basketball left to be played against a lot of very good teams."

The Cardinals moved up the one spot after routing then-No. 2 Notre Dame 100-67 on Thursday to remain unbeaten. Louisville has never been this high before since first getting ranked in 2006.

Only UConn is above Louisville, remaining a unanimous top choice by the 32-member national media panel. The Huskies face No. 9 Texas on Monday night after routing Houston on Saturday.

"I love games like this," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said of playing two games in three days. "I especially love them on the road, and I especially love them Monday after a Saturday game because when you get to the NCAA Tournament that's exactly what you're going to get."

Mississippi State, Baylor and Notre Dame follow the Cardinals, who were second on 30 of the 32 ballots.

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Tennessee, Oregon, Ohio State and South Carolina round out the first 10 teams in the poll.

Other tidbits from the poll:

Big Ten Showdown

Ohio State and No. 19 Michigan will play on Tuesday for the second time this month. The Buckeyes came away with an overtime victory in the first meeting. Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell became the 13th player to reach 3,000 points over the weekend and can move further up the scoring list on Tuesday.

Katelynn Flaherty became Michigan's all-time scoring leader this weekend as well, passing former men's star Glen Rice's mark.

Non-Conference Challenge

Sixth-ranked Tennessee visits No. 5 Notre Dame on Thursday in a big-time non-conference contest. The Lady Vols edged the Irish by two points last season in Knoxville.

Staying Put

For the first time in four weeks, no teams fell out of the poll.

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