Connecticut's long run is over. The dominant program in the women's game over the last decade no longer is a Top 10 team. On a day New Mexico joined the Associated Press poll for...
Connecticut’s long run is over. The dominant program in the women’s game over the last decade no longer is a Top 10 team.
On a day New Mexico joined the Associated Press poll for the first time, Connecticut dropped to 11th after splitting two road games, ending its run of 199 straight appearances in the Top 10.
The last time the Huskies were ranked this low was the week of Jan. 25, 1994. They moved to ninth the next week and had been in the Top 10 in every poll since until yesterday. UConn won five national championships along the way, including the last three.
Connecticut (6-2), which had been eighth, lost at Arizona State 61-50 last week, then beat Colorado State 63-44.
During its long stay in the Top 10, Connecticut spent 94 weeks at No. 1 and rarely was out of the top four.
“It has been as big a struggle as anytime I’ve been at Connecticut,” coach Geno Auriemma said last week.
Louisiana State (11-0) remained unanimous at No. 1 in the voting by a nationwide media panel.
New Mexico, coached by Don Flanagan, entered the poll at No. 25.
Connecticut beat George Mason 76-44 last night, and senior Jessica Moore said the team used the poll as motivation.
Top 25 men’s games
At No. 1 Illinois 105, Longwood 79
Deron Williams scored a season-high 23 points and had seven assists as the Illini (12-0) beat the Lancers (1-14).
At No. 19 Louisville 104, Morehead State 40
Francisco Garcia scored 18 of his career-high 29 points in the first half as the Cardinals (9-2) routed the Eagles (6-4).
Louisville’s Rick Pitino coached the game. He plans to leave for New York today to attend a private funeral service for his mother, Charlotte Pitino.
At No. 22 Cincinnati 77, Miami of Ohio 53
Eric Hicks had career highs with 21 points and 17 rebounds to help the Bearcats (10-0) beat the RedHawks (6-3).
* Illinois and Kansas were 1-2 in the AP men’s poll for a fourth straight week.
Gonzaga and Washington traded places in the poll. Gonzaga moved up a spot to No. 12. Washington dropped a notch to No. 13, despite winning two games by a combined 108 points.
In the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, Washington moved up a spot to 16th and Gonzaga advanced from 23rd to 21st.
* St. John’s forward Rodney Epperson was suspended indefinitely, pending a review of his transfer from Barton County Community College in Kansas. He is second in scoring for the Red Storm, averaging 14.1 points.