Huskies stay on top of
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.
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
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.