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Women's Basketball Receives Votes In Latest Coaches' Poll

Nov. 14, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University women's basketball team, who is coming off an impressive 91-72 victory over in-state rival the University of Washington, once again appeared among the schools also receiving votes in the latest USA Today/ESPN Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll. The Bulldogs garnered five votes, up from four votes last week. Gonzaga will continue the new season this Saturday as it welcomes the University of Nevada to the McCarthey Athletic Center for a noon game.

Tennessee is still No. 1.

The Lady Vols remained atop the coaches' and Associated Press polls, receiving 28 first-place votes in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll and all 50 first-places votes in the AP poll. Tennessee started its season Sunday with a 76-56 victory over Chattanooga and has a showdown with Oklahoma on Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at the site of this season's Final Four.

Connecticut received two first-place votes and remained No. 2, while Maryland, which was fourth last week, was third after wins over Princeton and then-No. 6 Oklahoma.

LSU, which received the other first-place vote, moved up a spot to fourth. Stanford, which edged then-No. 3 Rutgers 60-58 on Sunday when preseason All-American Candice Wiggins hit two free throws with one-tenth of a second left, improved three spots to fifth.

North Carolina, Rutgers, Oklahoma, Duke and Georgia round out the Top 10.

Texas A&M remained 11th, followed by George Washington, Baylor, Arizona State and California. Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Michigan State, Florida State and West Virginia round out the top 20.

Louisville, Texas, Purdue, NC State and Notre Dame held the final five spots.

Pittsburgh was the only team to fall out of the poll after losing to Penn State in the finals of the WBCA Classic on Sunday.

USA TODAY/ESPN DIVISION I TOP 25 COACHES' POLL

The Top 25 women's basketball coaches poll, with team's RECORDS THROUGH MONDAY in parentheses, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, ranking in last week's poll and first-place votes received:

Rank

School (2006-07 record)

Points

Last Week's Rank

First-Place Votes

1

Tennessee (1-0)

772

1

28

2

Connecticut (1-0)

730

2

2

3

Maryland (2-0)

688

4

0

4

LSU (2-0)

681

5

1

5

Stanford (2-0)

636

8

0

6

North Carolina (2-0)

619

7

0

7

Rutgers (0-1)

594

3

0

8

Oklahoma (0-1)

518

6

0

9

Duke (1-0)

513

9

0

10

Georgia (2-0)

503

10

0

11

Texas A&M (1-0)

470

11

0

12

George Washington (2-0)

414

13

0

13

Baylor (3-0)

367

15

0

14

Arizona State (0-1)

347

12

0

15

California (1-0)

334

14

0

16

Ohio State (1-0)

288

16

0

17

Vanderbilt (2-0)

255

17

0

18

Michigan State (2-0)

205

18

0

19

Florida State (2-0)  

202

19

0

20

West Virginia (1-0)

142

22

0

21

Louisville (1-0)   

140

23

0

22

Texas (1-0)

113

24

0

23

Purdue (1-0)

108

20

0

24

North Carolina State (1-0)

78

25

0

25

Notre Dame (1-0)

41

not ranked

0

Dropped out: No. 21 Pittsburgh (2-1).


Others receiving votes: Pittsburgh 39; Auburn 33; DePaul 27; Wyoming 25; Marquette 21; Penn State 19; Wisconsin 17; Middle Tennessee 15; Arizona 12; New Mexico 12; Georgia Tech 11; Oklahoma State 11; Western Kentucky 11; Brigham Young 9; Iowa State 7; Gonzaga 5; Minnesota 5; Boise State 4; Marist 4; Southern California 4; TCU 4; Temple 4; Bowling Green 3; Kentucky 2; Mississippi 2; Montana 2; Tulane 2; UCLA 2; Xavier 2; Hartford 1; Nebraska 1; Old Dominion 1.