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UConn vs. Philadelphia University, Nov. 5, 2013. (Photo by Bob Stowell)

UConn vs. Philadelphia University, Nov. 5, 2013. (Photo by Bob Stowell)

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DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer

UConn remained No. 1 in The Associated Press’ women’s basketball poll after winning its American Athletic Conference opener over Cincinnati. While the Huskies struggled at times offensively, the defense stayed solid, holding Cincinnati to 34 points.

Connecticut visits Central Florida and Memphis this week.

Here are five things to know about this week’s Top 25:

STATUS QUO: With everyone off for the holidays there wasn’t much game action this week. The Top 20 teams stayed the same with Florida State and Iowa flipping places at 21 and 22. Arizona State broke its tie with Oklahoma to move into 24th place. Gonzaga was the lone Top 25 team to lose, and the Zags fell in overtime to WCC rival Saint Mary’s. Gonzaga fell out of the poll for the first time this season.

POWER CONFERENCES: With Gonzaga falling out of the poll for the first time this season, there are no mid-major teams left in the Top 25. It’s the first time since Nov. 21, 2011, that there wasn’t a team from one of the major conferences in the rankings. The ACC has six teams, the SEC has five. The Big 12, Big Ten and Pac 12 each have four teams with the American holding two spots.

CONFERENCE PLAY: With the turn of the calendar comes the beginning of conference play. The Big East, AAC, WCC and a few others got started this past weekend. This week really starts getting into the heart of it. The SEC has a really good one on tap with LSU visiting Tennessee.

NON-CONFERENCE THRILLER: Not everyone is done with non-conference play as No. 24 Arizona State will host 20th-ranked Syracuse on Monday night. The two teams have put together great seasons so far and this will provide a good test for both. Each has one loss with the Orange falling at Iowa and the Sun Devils losing at San Diego.

UNBEATENS: There are still seven teams that have yet to lose a game this season, including the four ranked ones with UConn, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Iowa State. The two Big 12 schools face off next week so someone won’t be undefeated after that game. Then there are the three schools on the cusp of the Top 25 with Arkansas, San Diego and Indiana still unbeaten. All three will be put to the test on Thursday with the Lady Razorbacks opening up conference play against South Carolina. The Toreros host Saint Mary’s, which knocked off Gonzaga and Indiana welcomes No. 22 Iowa.

On the other end of the spectrum, only three teams remain winless, with UMass-Lowell, Prairie View and New Orleans still looking for a first victory.

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Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Women’s Top Twenty Five
The Associated Press

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 29, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:
Record    Pts    Prv
1. UConn (36)    13-0    900    1
2. Notre Dame    11-0    841    2
3. Duke    12-1    822    3
4. Stanford    11-1    808    4
5. Tennessee    11-1    736    5
6. Kentucky    12-1    717    6
7. Louisville    13-1    695    7
8. Maryland    12-1    648    8
9. Baylor    10-1    626    9
10. North Carolina    11-2    515    10
11. Oklahoma St.    11-0    511    11
12. Colorado    10-1    472    12
13. South Carolina    12-1    462    13
14. Iowa St.    11-0    447    14
15. Penn St.    9-3    341    15
16. LSU    9-2    308    16
17. Purdue    9-2    299    17
18. Nebraska    10-2    278    18
19. Georgia    12-1    228    19
20. Syracuse    11-1    213    20
21. Florida St.    12-1    187    22
22. Iowa    12-2    180    21
23. California    8-3    116    23
24. Arizona St.    10-1    91    25
25. Oklahoma    8-4    65    25

Others receiving votes: Arkansas 49, San Diego 33, NC State 27, Indiana 23, Georgia Tech 8, Rutgers 8, West Virginia 8, Gonzaga 7, Saint Joseph’s 7, Texas 7, Middle Tennessee 6, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 5, UTEP 4, DePaul 2.

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