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Undefeated UConn Women Remain #1 In AP Poll

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 09: Breanna Stewart #30 of the Connecticut Huskies runs up the court in the first half against the Louisville Cardinals during the 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four Championship at New Orleans Arena on April 9, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS, LA – APRIL 09: Breanna Stewart #30 of the Connecticut Huskies runs up the court in the first half against the Louisville Cardinals during the 2013 NCAA Women’s Final Four Championship at New Orleans Arena on April 9, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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By DOUG FEINBERG,  AP Basketball Writer

Connecticut remained atop The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for another week and achieved another Top 25 milestone.

The Huskies moved into second place all-time for appearances in the top-10 breaking a tie with Louisiana Tech. UConn has done it 374 weeks now, trailing only Tennessee’s 580.

Connecticut has won 32 straight games dating to last season’s NCAA tournament run which is the fifth-longest winning streak in school history. UConn has two games this week against Central Florida and Houston. The game against the Cougars will be the 1,000th of coach Geno Auriemma’s career.

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

 LACK OF DEPTH CHART: UConn is down to eight healthy players after junior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis was diagnosed with mononucleosis and will be sidelined for three to six weeks.

The junior is averaging 12 points and almost five rebounds for UConn. She already missed eight games earlier this season with a nerve contusion on her right elbow.

“At least with my arm, I could run, I could be on the bike, I could do some activity,” Mosqueda-Lewis said after practice Friday. “With this, I can’t do anything at all.”

Don’t expect the rest of the country to feel sorry for the Huskies.

KEEP ROLLING: Notre Dame just keeps winning. The Irish (24-0) are off to the best start in school history after beating Boston College last week. They surpassed the 2000-01 team that won its first 23 games en route to the national championship.

“It definitely feels good,” Notre Dame senior guard Kayla McBride said. “It’s an accomplishment. It’s great to come out here for these coaches that put so much time in for us.”

But how does this team rank against the 2001 national champions?

“Time will tell,” Irish coach Muffet McGraw said.

Notre Dame has a busy week ahead with three games– Monday against Georgia Tech, Thursday at Wake Forest and Sunday against No. 7 Duke.

 CLIMBING CARDINALS: Jeff Walz has No. 3 Louisville at its best ranking ever. The Cardinals have only lost twice this season– Kentucky and Connecticut. They host Houston on Wednesday and Rutgers on Sunday.

 MATURING TAR HEELS: North Carolina moved up six spots in the poll this week to No. 11 after convincing wins over instate rivals Duke and N.C. State on the road. The Tar Heels were led by superb first-year player Diamond DeShields, who followed up a 30-point effort against the Blue Devils with a freshman school-record 38 against the Wolfpack.

“It used to be hard for me and I’ve learned to embrace it,” DeShields said of playing on the road. “And that’s what’s happening in these tough environments. … I want to make believers out of everybody.”

 RANKED RUTGERS: The Scarlet Knights came back into the poll this week at No. 25. Rutgers was ranked for one week in January before falling out. It’s the 350th week that the school has been ranked in the history of the poll and 409th appearance in the Top 25 for C. Vivian Stringer.

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The Women’s Top Twenty Five
By The Associated Press
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 16, 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)            26-0    900   1
2. Notre Dame            24-0    864   2
3. Louisville            25-2    803   4
4. South Carolina        23-2    764   5
5. Stanford              24-2    761   6
6. Baylor                22-3    733   7
7. Duke                  22-3    696   3
8. Maryland              20-4    627   9
9. Penn St.              20-5    563  11
10. Tennessee             20-5    536   8
11. North Carolina        20-6    524  17
12. Oklahoma St.          20-4    495  12
13. West Virginia         22-3    485  13
14. N.C. State            22-4    448  10
15. Kentucky              19-6    426  18
16. Texas A&M             20-6    410  14
17. Nebraska              19-5    277  21
18. California            18-7    238  22
19. LSU                   18-7    222  19
20. Arizona St.           20-6    187  15
21. Purdue                18-7    172  23
22. St. John’s            19-5    132  24
23. Michigan St.          17-8    114  25
24. Gonzaga               23-4     87  20
25. Rutgers               20-5     69   _
Others receiving votes: Middle Tennessee 53, Wichita St. 23, Vanderbilt 21, Iowa 19, DePaul 17, Chattanooga 9, Bowling Green 8, James Madison 8, Georgia Tech 5, BYU 2, Dayton 1, Florida 1.
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(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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