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Doug Feinberg | The Associated Press | December 30, 2019

UConn women's basketball is still No. 1, followed by Oregon and Oregon State in AP Top 25 poll

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NEW YORK — UConn finished off the decade in the same spot where it began — No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s college basketball poll.

The Huskies received 19 first-place votes on Monday, beating No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Oregon State, which both got five first-place votes. South Carolina and Stanford round out the top five. With few games this week because of the holidays, the first 22 teams in the poll stayed the same as the previous week.

It’s been some decade for the Huskies: five national championships, a total of 17 losses and all 194 weeks ranked in the top five. UConn has been the No. 1 team in the Top 25 in 111 of them, a run that included an 111-game winning streak.

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No. 6 Baylor has the second-most No. 1 rankings over the past 10 years with 47. The two teams will play each other on Jan. 9 in Hartford, Connecticut.

The Huskies had the week off for the holidays, with their next game coming on Thursday against Wichita State. UConn hopes to have coach Geno Auriemma back for that game after he missed the Huskies’ final game of 2019 because of surgery to treat diverticulitis.

Other tidbits from the poll:

RETURNING GOLDEN GOPHERS

Minnesota returned to the rankings this week at No. 24 riding an 11-game winning streak. Lindsay Whalen’s team was ranked 23rd in the preseason poll before falling out after a loss to Missouri State in the opener. Minnesota replaced Michigan, which fell out of the rankings.

RISE AND FALL OF LADY VOLS

While Tennessee has been holding strong in the poll this season, the 22nd-ranked Lady Vols saw a historic 31-year run in the Top 25 end earlier this decade. In 2016, Tennessee fell out of the poll for the first time since 1985, ending a record streak of 565 consecutive weeks ranked.

PAC-12 POWERS

While UConn received 19 first-place votes and Oregon and Oregon State five apiece, South Carolina got the other one. The Ducks and Beavers are two of four Pac-12 teams in the top 10. Stanford is fifth and UCLA is 10th. The Beavers are off to the best start in school history, going 12-0. UCLA has matched the program’s fastest start, also going 12-0.

Here is the full AP Top 25, reflecting games through Dec. 29, 2019.

RANK

TEAM

RECORD

POINTS

PREVIOUS

1 UConn (19) 10-0 722 1
2 Oregon (5) 10-1 703 2
3 Oregon State (5) 12-0 680 3
4 South Carolina (1) 12-1 661 4
5 Stanford 11-1 622 5
6 Baylor 9-1 614 6
7 Louisville 12-1 576 7
8 Florida State 13-0 560 8
9 NC State 12-0 503 9
10 UCLA 12-0 497 10
11 Texas A&M 12-1 445 11
12 Maryland 10-2 406 12
13 Kentucky 11-1 376 13
14 Indiana 11-2 344 14
15 Mississippi State 12-2 341 15
16 DePaul 11-2 291 16
17 Gonzaga 12-1 274 17
18 Arizona 12-0 265 18
19 West Virginia 9-1 207 19
20 Arkansas 12-1 162 20
21 Missouri State 9-2 116 21
22 Tennessee 10-2 98 22
23 Miami 9-3 62 24
24 Minnesota 11-1 50 NR
25 Texas 8-4 46 25

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