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UConn still tops in AP women’s basketball poll

Connecticut guard Saniya Chong (12) and her teammates wave to fans after an NCAA college basketball game against SMU, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Dallas. Connecticut won 88-48, their 91st straight win. (Brandon Wade / Associated Press)
Connecticut guard Saniya Chong (12) and her teammates wave to fans after an NCAA college basketball game against SMU, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Dallas. Connecticut won 88-48, their 91st straight win. (Brandon Wade / Associated Press)
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Fresh off its record-breaking 91st consecutive victory, UConn remained the No. 1 team in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll Monday.

The Huskies (16-0) routed SMU on Saturday to better their own NCAA mark and stay the unanimous choice atop the poll. They garnered all 33 votes from the national media panel Monday. The play at Tulsa on Tuesday before hosting Tulane on Sunday.

Baylor, Maryland, Mississippi State and South Carolina followed the Huskies as the first five teams were unchanged. The Gamecocks will face UConn on Feb. 13 in a game that could have the Huskies going for a 100th consecutive victory, but South Carolina has a huge conference matchup first against undefeated Mississippi State (18-0) on Jan. 23. That game could go a long way in deciding the SEC regular-season title.

Notre Dame, Florida State, Washington, Louisville and Stanford round out the top 10. The Irish played Tennessee on Monday night.

Texas and UCLA both had the biggest jump in the poll, moving up four spots each to 12 and 13. West Virginia dropped the most, falling six places to No. 24.

Texas A&M re-entered the poll at No. 25 while California fell out. The Aggies were in the Top 25 for one week earlier this season. Coach Gary Blair’s team plays Missouri and LSU this week.

The Atlantic Coast Conference and Pac-12 continued to have strong showings in the poll. The ACC has seven teams in the Top 25 while the Pac-12 has six.

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