Tuesday, November 27, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 66



Huskies stay on top of AP

NCAA Women's Basketball Top 25

Crystal J. Doucette

The rankings for the Associated Press Women's Top 25 will be available today. In light of Thanksgiving, last week's poll was not printed. So this week,
we'll review the AP Top 25 for Nov. 19-25 and the poll for this week.

In review

Duke dropped to No. 9 from No. 5 after losing to the then-unranked Toledo Rockets, 71-65. After the disappointing loss, one of the young team's
leading veterans, sophomore Iciss Tillis, decided to skip class.

Head coach Gail Goestenkors suspended her for the Saturday game against Davidson in the Duke Women's Basketball Classic. The Blue Devils went
on to win the Saturday match-up 107-58 on sophomore Alana Beard's season-high 21 points on nine-of-10 shooting, along with six assists and six

Freshman Monique Currie added 15 points and four assists. Sophomore Crystal White grabbed 10 rebounds and 17 points for her career first

Connecticut reigns at No. 1 with an undefeated record. UConn dropped North Carolina 94-74 on Nov. 15, then defeated No. 4 Vanderbilt 69-50 on
Nov. 18.

The Huskies have maintained high-margin victories over most of their opponents this season. Vanderbilt's 19-point loss is the narrowest victory margin
UConn has seen so far.

Tennessee is No. 2, followed by No. 3 Oklahoma. Louisiana Tech holds No. 5, and No. 6 Iowa State handed Conference USA's Marquette a 68-50 loss
on Nov. 17, then edged DePaul 79-75 on Wednesday before defeating Mississippi State 87-74 on Friday.

The No. 7 Stanford Cardinal's head coach Tara VanDerveer was named to the 2002 Inductee Class of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov.
11. VanDerveer's team supported her with victories over Indiana, Minnesota, Hawaii and Penn State.

No. 8 Texas Tech squeaked by Oregon State 64-60 on Saturday. North Carolina State rounded out the Top 10. Purdue holds No. 11, followed by No.
12 Florida and No. 13 Baylor. 

Colorado dropped two spots to No. 14 after a 72-51 loss to then-No. 3 Vanderbilt. The Lady Buffaloes made up for the loss with high-margin victories
over San Diego (83-44), Bowling Green (96-44) and UH (88-58).

Notre Dame's 2001 NCAA title magic quickly faded, leaving the post-Ruth Riley/Niele Ivey team at No. 15 after defeating Valparaiso 42-35 on Nov. 18.

Newcomers to the Week 3 poll this season are Wisconsin and Toledo, which debuted at No. 23 and No. 24 respectively. Wisconsin toppled then-No.
19 Washington 87-67.

What goes around ...

After Notre Dame came back to defeat Purdue 68-66 on April 1 for the 2001 NCAA Women's Title, a group of Boilermaker fans decided to wreak
$75,000 worth of damage on vehicles and buildings on the Purdue campus in the emotional aftermath.

Seven months after the act, the Purdue Research Foundation issued 12 checks in amounts ranging from $100 to $5,000 to people who came forth with
information on the perpetrators of the melee. The $23,500 and the witnesses who received the money led to the arrest of eight people believed to be
responsible for the damage. 

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