The Stanford Cardinal picked up two first place votes in the most recent Associated Press Top-25 Poll (Dec. 24) and are ranked number one for sixth straight week. The Cardinal (11-0) received 24 first place votes and 982 total points, which is four more points than they received previous week.
Following Stanford is Connecticut, Baylor, Duke, Notre Dame, Georgia, Kentucky, California and Maryland. Those eight teams remained the same as week seven’s poll though Connecticut lost two first-place votes and a total of three votes from their last week’s total. The Huskies received 14 first place votes while Baylor received the other two first place votes.
Penn State, Purdue and Louisville moved up to 10th, 11th and 12th place. Tennessee fell three spots to 13th.
Oklahoma State, Dayton and North Carolina each moved up one spot each to No. 14-16. UCLA, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas are in the next four spots.
The last five teams are Florida State, Kansas, Colorado, Texas A&M and Arkansas.
Team of the week: Stanford. The Cardinal went 2-0 during the week, both of the victories came against ranked teams away from home. Stanford defeated then-No. 21South Carolina (53-49) and then-No.10 Tennessee (73-60). The Cardinal are 6-0 on the road this year.
Notre Dame also received consideration as they went 3-0 during the week. The Fighting Irish defeated Alabama A&M (100-39), Kansas State (87-57) and then-No. 22 Texas A&M (83-74) to win the World Vision Classic championship.
Biggest upset of the week: Cal State Northridge defeated then- No. 12 UCLA
(77-72). Cal State Northridge (6-4) earned their first victory over UCLA (7-2) in 10 attempts. Ashlee Guay scored a career-high 28 points and freshman Marta Masoni made a season-high six triple to lead Cal State Northridge.
Bigest movers up the poll: five teams moved up two spaces. The five teams that moved up are Purdue, Louisville, South Carolina, Florida State and Colorado.
Biggest movers down the poll: UCLA moved down five spots.
Who moved into the Top-25?: Arkansas (11-1). The Razorbacks defeated Mississippi Valley State (99-42) and Northwestern State (80-41).
Who moved out of the Top-25?: Then-No. 24 West Virginia (7-3). The Mountaineers lost to Duquesne (62-54) at home.
Others receiving votes: 15 teams also received votes, which is down from 17 last week. The teams are Nebraska, Iowa State, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Duequesne, Michigan State, Michigan, Syracuse, Villanova, Iowa, Toledo, Utah and Utah.
Must see game of the week: No. 2 Connecticut at No. 1 Stanford on Dec. 29. The Cardinal and Huskies (10-0) meet for the third time in four seasons and 14th time overall. UConn leads the all-time series 7-6.
The match-up features two of the top-12 offensive teams in the nation and two-of-the top 30 defensive teams. UConn ranks third in the nation offensively (85.3 points a game) and tied for second defensively (45 points a game) while Stanford is 12th in offense (78.6) and tied for 26th in the nation in defense (51.1).
Players to watch in Stanford-UConn game. The Cardinal’s, 3-0 at home, are led by National Player of the Year candidate 6-3 junior forward Chiney Ogwumike (21.8 points and 12.8 rebounds a game). Other players to watch: 6-3 sophomore forward Taylor Greenfield (6.3 ppg, 17-3pters), 5-7 sophomore guard Amber Orrange (10.9 ppg, 59 assists) and 6-3 senior forward Joslyn Tinkle (13.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 24 blks).
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (16.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 20 stls) leads the Huskies,who are 2-0 away from home. Other key players: Breanna Stewart (16.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 16 blks), Stefanie Dolson (11.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg), Bria Hartley (10.1 ppg, 30 assists), Brianna Banks (9.9 ppg) and Kelly Faris (9.4 ppg, 42 assists).
Other top games: No. 11 Purdue at No. 5 Notre Dame on Dec. 29.
ESPNW Player of the Week: Texas A&M 6-4 junior center was named ESPNW’s Player of the Week on Dec. 24. Bone averaged 27.6 points and 10.3 rebounds a game lead the Aggies to a 2-1 record in the World Vision Classic tournament in Las Vegas. She shot 85 percent (39-45) from the field.
Bone is averaging 17.6 points a game and 9.1 rebounds a game this season.