Louisville tops women’s Top 25, South Carolina up to No. 2

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Louisville guard Dana Evans, left, drives around Wake Forest guard Gina Conti (5) in the first quarter of an NCAA women’s college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Louisville keeps winning and remained atop The Associated Press women’s basketball poll.

The Cardinals are the only unbeaten team left in the Top 25 after topping Miami and North Carolina this past week. They received 26 of the 30 first-place votes in the poll released Monday.

Louisville (16-0) faced its stiffest challenge in the ACC on Monday night with a visit from No. 4 North Carolina State. This was potentially going to be a 1 vs. 2 matchup until the Wolfpack lost in overtime to Virginia Tech last Thursday. It was N.C. State’s first loss of the season.

South Carolina jumped up two spots to No. 2 in the poll and received the other four first-place votes.

UConn lost for the first time this season, falling to then-No. 19 Arkansas last week, but remained third in the poll. Arkansas rose three spots to 16th. It is the first time the Razorbacks have knocked off two top five teams in the same season after beating then-No. 4 Baylor in December.

UCLA rounded out the top five. Stanford, Texas A&M, Baylor and Arizona followed the Bruins. Maryland fell three spots to 10th after losing to Ohio State. The Buckeyes moved up three places to 11th.

PAC-12 COVID PROBLEMS

Arizona and Oregon both missed games this weekend because of COVID-19 issues in their programs. The Wildcats were supposed to play at UCLA and USC, but those games were postponed. The Ducks had games against Utah and Colorado wiped out.

Arizona expects to travel to Oregon to play Oregon State on Friday and Oregon next Monday.

Cal also has had its last five games postponed because of the coronavirus.

GAME OF THE WEEK:

Tennessee at Mississippi State, Thursday. The Lady Vols got the fourth triple-double in school history from Tamari Key, who had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in a win over Florida on Sunday. Tennessee needs a win over the 24th-ranked Bulldogs to stay in the conference title race.

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