The only other change from the previous week was that South Dakota entered the rankings at No. 25. The Coyotes were ranked for two weeks in February, the first time in the poll in school history. Miami fell out of the poll.
Nobody has been ranked in the top five more this decade than UConn and coach Geno Auriemma. His team moved up to No. 2 last week, and the Hall of Fame coach said it’s more about his team’s undefeated status more than how good the Huskies may be.
“It’s not really true. We’re just there because we haven’t lost yet. Everybody else happened to lose. We ain’t No. 2 in the country,” he told reporters last week.
The Huskies have a difficult month ahead starting with a road game at No. 16 DePaul. UConn will also face No. 6 Baylor, No. 23 Tennessee and No. 3 Oregon over the next few months.
Missouri State at Gonzaga, Friday. Two of the top mid-major programs will tip-off in Washington. Each team has one loss on the season with the 20th-ranked Lady Bears dropping the championship game of the Preseason WNIT at Oregon State. The No. 17 Zags lost in overtime at Stanford.
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