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Volume 68, Issue 99, Wednesday, February 19, 2003 


UConn gunning for UCLA

Womenis Top 25
Christian Schmidt

It took a little longer than for the men, but itis almost that time for the ladies now. Soon itill be time for the womenis basketball powers that be to play for seedings as early NCAA Tournament bracket projections come out.

Unlike the menis side, where Creighton is the only real national power among teams from outside the power conferences, there are a host of womenis teams from lower-profile colleges that will be looking to make a splash in the NCAA tournament.

No. 19 Santa Barbara and No. 21 Wisconsin-Green Bay have each been a consistent presence in the top 25.

No changes on top

The top five teams in The Associated Press poll remained the same this week, as No. 1 Connecticut, No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 4 Louisiana State and No. 5 Kansas State cruised through the week with little trouble.

After that top five, there were some changes, though no team moved more than three spots in the poll.

UConn wins again

It has become almost monotonous watching Connecticut womenis basketball. You always know what to expect from the Lady Huskies: a win. The team now has a NCAA womenis basketball record of 63 consecutive victories.

This week it wasnit even close, as the Lady Huskies demolished Seton Hall en route to a 40-point win. Junior guard Diana Taurasi was not among the five Huskies in double figures, but she still made an impact.

Taurasi, widely considered one of the premier players in womenis basketball, finished the contest with five blocks and nine assists. Taurasi also had a career-high 10 turnovers as she was held to single digits for the second consecutive game. For the season, Taurasi averages 17 points a game.

Connecticut head coach Gene Auriemma isnit talking about it, but followers of college basketball are looking to a different record the Lady Huskies just might have a shot at breaking. The 1971-74 UCLA Bruins, under legendary head coach John Wooden, set the NCAA record of 88 consecutive victories. It would take another NCAA championship, but the Lady Huskies have a legitimate shot at breaking that record.

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