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Rutgers back in AP women’s hoops poll; UConn still No. 1

South Florida guard Kitija Laksa (33) and forward Laura Ferreira (10) battle with Connecticut guard Kia Nurse (11) and guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) for a loose ball during the first quarter of their game on Saturday,  Jan. 6, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (Chris O'Meara / AP)
South Florida guard Kitija Laksa (33) and forward Laura Ferreira (10) battle with Connecticut guard Kia Nurse (11) and guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) for a loose ball during the first quarter of their game on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (Chris O'Meara / AP)
By Doug Feinberg Associated Press

NEW YORK – Rutgers is back in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for the first time since 2015.

The Scarlet Knights jumped into the AP Top 25 on Monday at No. 21, riding an 11-game winning streak. Rutgers (15-2) was last ranked on March 2, 2015.

UConn remains a unanimous choice from the 32-member national media panel after cruised to two easy victories last week. The Huskies were followed in the rankings by Notre Dame, Louisville, Mississippi State and Baylor. Louisville hosts the Irish on Thursday.

South Carolina dropped from fourth to ninth after losing at Missouri on Sunday while the Tigers moved up three spots to 12th. It’s the Gamecocks’ worst ranking since Jan. 20, 2014.

Tennessee, Texas and Oregon are in front of the Gamecocks while Ohio State rounds out the top 10.

Green Bay also re-entered the poll this week at No. 25. Stanford and Villanova dropped out.

Other tidbits from the poll:

BIG TEN REVIVAL: With Rutgers’ return, the Big Ten has five teams in the Top 25 for the first time since Nov. 23, 2015. Ohio State is 10th, Maryland 11th, Iowa tied for 18th, Rutgers 21st and Michigan 23rd.

MIGHTY DUCKS: After sweeping Southern California and UCLA, Oregon – led by former Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves – has moved up a spot to eighth, which is the Ducks’ highest ranking ever. The Ducks had been as high as ninth in 1982 and again this season.

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