From LSU at No. 1 to Ohio State at No. 10, The Associated Press women's
basketball poll had no changes Monday.
This season, that qualifies as news.
After constant shuffling among the leading 10 teams, there were
no upsets during a light week in which eight of those top schools
The major changes were at the bottom of the poll. Arizona State
moved in at No. 23, and Iowa joined at No. 24. DePaul fell six
places to 21st after losing twice, while Arizona and TCU dropped
LSU (8-0), which hasn't played since Nov. 30, led the poll for
the third consecutive week and was a unanimous pick for the second
straight time, receiving all 45 first-place votes from a national
The Lady Tigers return to action this week at No. 13 Minnesota
on Tuesday night and at Southwest Missouri State on Saturday.
Stanford (7-0) held on at No. 2 after beating Pepperdine and San
Francisco handily, while No. 3 Duke (8-1) breezed past Liberty
83-48 in its only game last week.
Texas was fourth and North Carolina fifth, followed by Baylor,
Notre Dame, Connecticut, Tennessee and Ohio State.
Not only were there no upsets among the top 10 teams, but they
all won decisively. The closest call was Notre Dame's 14-point win
over Washington. Tennessee trailed DePaul by 15 in the first half
before rallying for a 78-63 victory.
Michigan State climbed one spot to 11th and Texas Tech moved up
one place to 12th. Then it was Minnesota, Boston College, Georgia
and UCLA, followed by Vanderbilt, Maryland, Houston and Purdue.
DePaul, Rutgers, Arizona State, Iowa and Kansas State held the
final five spots.
Arizona State (7-1), which has lost only to LSU, made the Top 25
for the first time since the 2001-02 season. The Sun Devils were
ranked for three weeks that season, the last time on Jan. 14.
ASU is coming off a 67-57 victory over Georgia, which dropped
from 11th to 15th. Georgia (7-3), which bounced back to beat
Augusta State and Arizona, was ranked third only three weeks ago.
Iowa (8-0) is off to its best start since 1993-94 with a team
that starts only one senior and has four freshmen in the rotation.
The Hawkeyes were last ranked the final five weeks of the 2000-01
season, which was coach Lisa Bluder's first at the school.
"I'm happy for our kids," Bluder said. "We all know it
doesn't mean anything, but it's a fun accomplishment for our kids
to see something for their hard work. It's great motivation for
them going into finals week."
Iowa's first game as a Top 25 team this season will be
interesting for Bluder. The Hawkeyes play Saturday at Drake, where
Bluder coached for 10 years before going to Iowa.
TCU (7-3), which had been ranked for two weeks, dropped out
after splitting two games. The Lady Frogs beat Oklahoma but lost at
The loss to Georgia knocked Arizona (6-2) out of the Top 25. The
Wildcats had returned to the poll last week at No. 24 after being
out for a week.
DePaul's drop of six places was the biggest within the poll. The
Blue Demons lost starting guard Charlene Smith to a knee injury
early in the week, then were beaten at Purdue before losing at
Minnesota, Boston College and Houston made the biggest jumps,
each moving up three places.
Houston (8-0), LSU, Stanford and Iowa are the only teams in the
Top 25 that are still unbeaten.