Baylor goes wire to wire at No. 1

Updated: April 4, 2012, 3:08 PM ET
ESPN.com

Undefeated Baylor finished the NCAA women's tournament as it spent the entire regular season -- as the No. 1 team in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.

The Bears, who beat Notre Dame for the national championship on Tuesday night, were the top-ranked team in the coaches' preseason poll and each poll thereafter through Wednesday, when the end-of-season rankings were released.

Beginning with the Jan. 9 poll, Baylor was the unanimous No. 1 choice, receiving all 31 No. 1 votes from the panel of Division I women's coaches.

Notre Dame jumped two positions from its No. 4 end-of-season rank to finish at No. 2, followed by fellow Final Four teams Stanford and Connecticut.

The Irish were one of six Big East teams in the Top 25 -- the most of any conference. The ACC and SEC placed four teams each in the final poll, with the Big 12, led by Baylor, and the Big Ten with three each.

Maryland, the highest-ranked of the ACC teams, finished at No. 5, followed by Duke, Tennessee, Kentucky, Penn State and Georgia Tech.

Miami, at No. 11, was followed by Texas A&M, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Delaware and St. John's. Louisville and Georgetown followed at Nos. 16 and 17 respectively, with Purdue, Gonzaga and Georgia behind them.

South Carolina, Ohio State, St, Bonaventure, DePaul and Kansas rounded out the Top 25. South Carolina and Kansas were new additions to the poll in its final week, while former No. 20 Rutgers and former No. 22 Nebraska dropped out.