Lady Vols eighth in AP basketball poll

Connecticut remained the unanimous choice at No. 1, while Michigan State shot up the Top 25.

The Huskies have won an NCAA women's basketball-record 86 straight games and received all 40 first-place votes in The Associated Press Top 25 poll Monday. It was the 48th straight week they sat atop the poll.

UConn will host Marquette on Thursday before going on break for exams. The Huskies will try for their 88th straight -- which would match the record set by the UCLA men's basketball team -- on Dec. 19 against No. 6 Ohio State at Madison Square Garden.

Baylor, Stanford, Xavier and Duke followed UConn for the second consecutive week to round out the first five. The Blue Devils will face No. 7 Texas A&M on Monday night in the Jimmy V Classic.

Michigan State made the biggest jump in the poll, climbing 10 spots to No. 15 after beating Florida State and Texas. It's one of the biggest leaps in the Top 25 since Rutgers climbed 10 spots in consecutive weeks during the 2004-05 season.

The Spartans beat then-No. 15 Florida State before topping 17th-ranked Texas.

Tennessee, West Virginia, and UCLA rounded out the top 10.

Georgetown and North Carolina were 11th and 12th, passing Oklahoma, which fell to 13th after its loss to Ohio State on Sunday.

Kentucky dropped six places to 14th following a blowout loss at Louisville on Sunday.

The Spartans were followed by Iowa State, Florida State, Notre Dame, Iowa, and St. John's.

Texas, Maryland, Wisconsin-Green Bay, DePaul, and Georgia round out the poll. The Longhorns dropped four places after their loss to Michigan State.

Both Wisconsin-Green Bay and DePaul had runs in the Top 25 last season. The Phoenix visit Eastern Michigan on Monday night.

"We want to be in the Top 25 all the time," DePaul coach Doug Bruno said. "What we've learned through the years is that you have to earn your way in. Once you're in, it takes a lot of work and effort and stay in."

DePaul opens its Big East season Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. The Blue Demons will play five games in the next 10 days, culminating with a visit from No. 2 Stanford on Dec. 16.

"We're in the midst of a tough stretch," Bruno added. "Throw in the two locals we have on our schedule and every game is going to be a battle."

Nebraska fell out of the Top 25 a week after entering. The Cornhuskers saw their 37-game regular season winning streak end on Sunday with a loss at Indiana.

Vanderbilt also dropped out of the rankings after losing to Bowling Green and Denver.


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