UConn loses senior to
Women's Top 25
Crystal J. Doucette
Thursday saw one of the biggest rivalries
in women's collegiate hoops as Connecticut and Tennessee took the court
in their last meeting before the NCAA tournament in March.
UConn's Huskies defeated the Lady Vols
earlier this season in a possible NCAA final preview. Tennessee's outstanding
senior Tamika Catchings was still playing with both knees and UConn was
undefeated and playing at home.
But the Huskies were at Tennessee's house
on Thursday. The Lady Vols gained retribution for their previous loss to
Connecticut and the No. 2 spot with a 92-88 victory, improving to a 23-1
Connecticut lost senior Svetlana Abrosinova
during the battle to a torn ligament in her left foot.
Abrosinova had contributed 18 points when
she left the court with nine minutes left to play. Her parents are still
leaving Russia for the first time ever -- to see her sit on the sidelines
-- for Parents' Night at UConn on Feb. 23. The trip will cost her family
an estimated $3,000.
Notre Dame is still undefeated and remains
No. 1. The Fighting Irish had a relatively easy weekend, sweeping through
Providence and Boston College on Wednesday and Saturday. After establishing
its first 21-0 start and its first win over a No. 1 team (Connecticut),
Notre Dame's eyes are fixed on a first-ever Big East title.
The No. 3 Huskies swapped places with No.
2 Tennessee after they lost to the Lady Vols. UConn pulled to 18-2 by knocking
Villanova out of the poll Sunday, 75-39.
Duke remains at fourth while Purdue moves
up one spot to fifth. No. 7 Georgia dropped two spots after a 75-64 loss
to Florida on Thursday. No. 6 Florida climbed from ninth on Georgia's back
while Louisiana Tech dropped to No. 8 with unimpressive Sun Belt Conference
Iowa State has slipped to No. 9 while No.
10 Oklahoma holds on to its second week in the top 10.
Rutgers climbed to No. 12 from 14, but
lost sophomore Kourtney Walton, who walked off the team for personal reasons.
No. 14 Louisiana State dropped three spots with a 65-62 loss to Auburn
No. 19 Colorado leapt from No. 23 with
an 85-66 rout of Baylor, knocking the then-No. 20 Bears out of the poll.
Wisconsin rose to No. 20 from No. 25 following wins over Northwestern and
No. 22 Arizona and No. 23 Arizona State
made an appearance in the poll this week by dropping then-No. 22 Oregon
out of the top 25. Arizona dismissed guard Tysell Bozeman on Monday for
not complying with team rules.
No. 24 North Carolina State rode into the
poll with a victory over then-No. 17 Clemson. Now sitting at the bottom
of the poll, No. 25 Clemson plummeted after losing to Maryland and North
Carolina State in single-digit decisions.
DePaul received two votes from pollsters
after upsetting Tulane on Sunday. Tulane received one vote for maintaining
No. 1 in the National Division and No. 2 in Conference USA.
The Lady Cougars did not receive any votes