UH gets first Top 25 vote
Women's Top 25
Crystal J. Doucette
This is UH. We do have a women's basketball
program, one which is 19-6 overall and 9-3 in Conference USA play. Yes,
I am a little biased (OK, very biased — Go
Coogs!), but I'm still just stating the
UH women's basketball, after an impressive
weekend on the road, finally caught someone's attention on the national
scene. The Lady Cougars received one vote in this
week's ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll. With
work and dedication, they'll catch the AP voters' eyes soon, too.
Connecticut is, to no surprise, No. 1 again
with a 27-0 record. The Huskies only played one game last week, an 85-55
rout of Syracuse on Wednesday.
Stanford remains in second, followed by
No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 4 Tennessee. The Lady Vols fell one spot after losing
a three-point decision to then-No. 18 Texas at
Texas moved up three places in this week's
poll, and Tennessee squeezed out an 80-78 win over Mississippi State on
Thursday followed by a rematch over No. 6
Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Duke holds fifth, followed by Vanderbilt,
Louisiana Tech, Purdue, Baylor and South Carolina.
No. 7 Louisiana Tech wrapped up its first
season in the Western Athletic Conference undefeated in league play. The
Lady Techsters have dominated the WAC this
season, just as they dominated the Sun
Belt Conference for 10 years.
No. 8 Purdue lost to then-No. 15 Minnesota,
73-64, on Thursday. But the Boilermakers made up for it with an 84-73 victory
over Michigan on the shoulders of forward
Shereka Wright and her school single-game
record 40 points.
Colorado comes in at No. 11, moving up
two spots despite a 78-47 loss to Missouri on Feb. 13. Kansas State remains
No. 12, followed by Iowa State, Minnesota, Texas,
Florida, Texas Tech, Old Dominion, North
Carolina and Colorado State.
Iowa State fell three spots after losing
64-63 on Sunday to Oklahoma State on a basket and a block by Trisha Skibbe
in the final four seconds of the game. OSU also
upset No. 17 Texas Tech, 58-55, on Thursday.
The Cowgirls have stepped up their play after OSU announced it would not
renew the contract of 19-year head coach
No. 14 Minnesota is up one spot with the
win over No. 7 Purdue and a 73-63 loss to Indiana on Sunday.
Boston College holds No. 21, followed by
Notre Dame, Georgia and Virginia Tech.
C-USA's Cincinnati entered the poll this
week at No. 25 after defeating Marquette, 63-53, and DePaul, 75-51, over
TCU received 32 votes in the AP poll.
The third annual Nancy Lieberman Step Up
Award is presented to the nation's leading Division I point guard. Connecticut's
Sue Bird has received the award since its
inception and is in the running once again
Joining Bird on the panel of 11 finalists
are Alana Beard (Duke), Stacey Dales (Oklahoma), Sheila Lambert (Baylor),
Kara Lawson (Tennessee), Brandi McCain
(Florida), Ashley McElhiney (Vanderbilt),
Tamara Moore (Wisconsin), Sara Nord (Louisville), Lindsey Whalen (Minnesota)
and Lindsey Wilson (Iowa State).