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Stanford new No. 1 in women's Top 25 after top 2 teams lose


Stanford new No. 1 in girls’s Top 25 after prime 2 groups lose

NEW YORK (AP) – Tara VanDerveer and Stanford are No. 1 for the primary time in seven years.

The Cardinal moved up two spots after a weekend that noticed earlier No. 1 Oregon and No. 2 Baylor each lose on Saturday. It was solely the third time for the reason that Top 25 turned a writers’ ballot earlier than the 1994-95 season that the highest two groups misplaced on the identical day.

Stanford obtained 23 of 30 first-place votes from the nationwide media panel on Monday. The group was final No. 1 for six weeks in 2012.

“We’ve had a real good start,” VanDerveer mentioned after beating No. 10 Mississippi State to win a event in Canada over the weekend. “I think, maybe, it would be a positive thing in terms of motivating our team to continue to work hard and get better. You hope that it wouldn’t have people be complacent.”

The Hall of Fame coach is aware of there’s already “a pretty big target on (Stanford’s) back” due to its rating and storied historical past.



“I don’t know that it would change much, honestly,” she mentioned. “I just go with the flow. Whatever people vote, I just go with it. I’m just trying to focus on our team – and not the periphery stuff.”

Louisville jumped up six spots to No. 2 after knocking off Oregon, which fell to 3rd. The Cardinals acquired 5 first-place votes. UConn, which was the one top-10 group that didn’t play over the vacation weekend, obtained the opposite two first-place votes and remained No. 4.

Oregon State moved as much as No. 5. South Carolina and Baylor have been Nos. 6 and seven. The Gamecocks beat the then-No. 2 Lady Bears within the Paradise Jam event.

Florida State, Maryland and Mississippi State rounded out the primary 10 groups within the ballot.

Missouri State entered the Top 25 for the primary time since 2004, coming in at No. 22. The Lady Bears had a two-week run within the ballot 15 years in the past.

“It’s a great accomplishment being a mid-major and getting recognized in the AP poll,” first-year Missouri State coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton mentioned. “We had a goal of doing that, get ranked and gain more respect. We’ve got to stay there and not get complacent or satisfied.”

Michigan and LSU additionally have been ranked, at Nos. 24 and 25. South Florida, Syracuse and West Virginia all fell out of the ballot.

VanDerveer can have just a few weeks to benefit from the prime spot; the Cardinal are on a break for exams till going through Ohio State on Dec. 15.

Here are just a few different tidbits from the ballot:

MOVING ON UP: With its win over South Carolina within the Paradise Jam event, Indiana climbed three spots to No. 14. The Hoosiers did undergo their first lack of the yr, falling to Baylor in a good recreation in the identical event. Before this season, Indiana’s greatest rating was 22nd in 2014.

END OF A RUN: Syracuse had been ranked for 31 consecutive weeks earlier than falling out on Monday. That’s the longest run in class historical past. The Orange’s three losses have come towards Oregon, Stanford and Green Bay.

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Follow Doug Feinberg on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dougfeinberg

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More AP girls’s basketball: https://apnews.com/Womenscollegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

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