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WOMEN'S TOP 25 Buckeyes climb to No. 3



Published: Tue, January 18, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Ohio State jumped two spots in the AP poll.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ohio State climbed two spots to No. 3 in the latest Associated Press women's basketball poll on Monday, matching the Buckeyes' best showing in the media voting.

Ohio State, which is 17-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big ten, has won its last six games including Sunday's 52-50 win over No. 3 Rutgers at Value City Arena.

The Buckeyes, who have won seven of eight games this season against teams listed in the AP Top 25, have won six games in a row against ranked opponents.

Ohio State was ranked No. 3 twice in March of 1993 before advancing to the Final Four that season.

The Buckeyes play at Indiana on Thursday night.

Duke remained No. 1, receiving 31 of 45 first-place votes, and held the top spot for the second straight week with 1,104 points -- 14 more than No. 2 LSU.

The Blue Devils (16-1) have overcome the season-long suspension of point guard Lindsey Harding and the loss of guard Caitlin Howe with a knee problem to fashion the nation's longest winning streak at 14.

Their only game last week was an impressive 87-65 victory at Virginia.

No newcomers broke into the poll, just the second time that has happened this season. Purdue and UCLA clung to their spots in the Top 25 after each lost twice during the past week.

Changing hands

LSU, which was No. 1 for six weeks before Duke took over, inched closer to the top in replacing Baylor at No. 2 and received 13 first-place votes. It was the sixth time this season the No. 2 spot changed hands.

Rutgers, which had defeated three Top 10 teams during an eight-day stretch in late December and early January, dropped from fourth to sixth.

Baylor fell to fourth after a triple-overtime loss at Nebraska, while Stanford won twice to move up one place to No. 5.

The Cardinal's week included a 76-66 victory over No. 14 Boston College.

Tennessee moved up to seventh and was followed by Michigan State, North Carolina and Texas Tech, which jumped three spots to reach the Top 10 for the first time this season.

A 17-point loss at home to Connecticut dropped Notre Dame from seventh to 11th.

The Irish rebounded to beat Purdue 86-69.

Minnesota was 12th and Connecticut, which seems to be righting itself after some early struggles, went from 16th to 13th.

Then it was Boston College, Texas and Maryland, followed by Vanderbilt, DePaul, Iowa State and Kansas State.

Georgia, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Purdue and UCLA held the final five places.




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