South Carolina, Baylor  lead Top 25; UConn No. 3

South Carolina, Baylor  lead Top 25; UConn No. 3

NEW YORK — South Carolina still sits atop The Associated Press women’s basketball poll, with Baylor in second place.

The Gamecocks received 22 first-place votes from a 30-member media panel Monday. The Lady Bears got six.

UConn moved up to third after previous No. 3 Stanford lost to Oregon by 32 points. The Ducks moved up to No. 4. Louisville was fifth, sandwiched between Oregon and Stanford. Louisville received the other two first-place votes.

Oregon State, North Carolina State, Mississippi State and UCLA rounded out the top 10.

Northwestern entered the Top 25 for the first time this season, coming in at No. 22. The Wildcats were last ranked for the first nine week of the 2015-16 season.

Joe McKeown’s team has lost only to No. 11 DePaul and No. 19 Iowa. The longtime coach got his 700th career victory earlier this season.

“I think our kids are doing a great job and are really humble,” McKeown said. “This is a fun team to watch and we have a lot of fan support. It helps getting some national recognition. For our program, I’m glad to see people taking notice.”

Upcoming game of the week

For the first time in more than a decade, UConn and Tennessee will play each other. The two women’s basketball powers will play the first of a home-and-home set in Hartford, Connecticut, on Thursday night. They last played in 2007.

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