UConn still No. 1 after beating Louisville

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 10, 2014 at 1:47 pm •  Published: February 10, 2014
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Connecticut remained atop The Associated Press women's basketball poll for another week after two more wins.

The Huskies have won 31 straight dating to last season's NCAA tournament run which is the fifth-longest winning streak in school history. UConn doesn't play again until Sunday at South Florida.

Here are five things to know about this week's poll:

ROLLING ALONG: UConn easily routed SMU before topping Louisville by 17 on Sunday in a rematch of last season's national championship game. The Cardinals stayed at No. 4 in the poll despite the defeat.

UConn improved to 8-0 against Top 25 teams this season, including victories over six of the current top 11. The Huskies won those games by an average of 21 points.

"They are the greatest team in the country right now," Louisville Shoni Schimmel said. "They are a hard team to guard. They do what they do best and that's score."

The only currently ranked team left on UConn's schedule is a rematch against Louisville on the first Monday in March.

UNBEATEN PART II: Notre Dame just keeps rolling along as the only other undefeated team in women's basketball. The Irish (23-0) matched the best start in school history. The other time the Irish started 23-0 was in 2000-01 en route to the national championship.

The Irish have one game this week, visiting Boston College on Thursday.

The previous time that women's basketball saw two teams unbeaten this late in the season was 2010 when UConn and Nebraska both hadn't lost yet. The Cornhuskers ended up losing in the Big 12 tournament before falling in the NCAA tournament. The Huskies finished the season unbeaten en route to their seventh national championship.

RED STORM RISING: St. John's earned its first appearance in the Top 25 since 2012 by winning its past 10 games. The 24th-ranked Red Storm's run started after a loss at Xavier which saw the team have to take a 12-hour bus ride out to Ohio because of a winter storm that hit the Northeast.



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