11/30 23:24 CST UConn remains No. 1 in AP women's hoops poll
UConn remains No. 1 in AP women's hoops poll
By DOUG FEINBERG
AP Basketball Writer
Tony Bozzella didn't want Seton Hall to just be a one-hit wonder.
After one of the most successful seasons in school history last year, Bozzella
has the Pirates off to their best start in 26 years, winning their first seven
games. Buoyed by that success, the Pirates have found their way back into the
Top 25 for the second straight season, entering the poll at No. 22 on Monday.
"It's really the culmination, I wanted to build a program when we took over at
Seton Hall," Bozzella said. "We won 20 games our first year and did a Sweet 16
of the NIT. We wanted to improve on that and we did."
The Pirates finished last season 28-6, losing in the first round of the NCAA
Tournament to Rutgers. Now they are 7-0 for the first time since 1989-90 and
already own victories over the Scarlet Knights and Princeton, giving them New
Jersey bragging rights. Seton Hall is coming off two victories at the Cancun
"We got a long way to go before we say we're better than last year," said
Bozzella, who guided his team to the Top 25 last year for three weeks --- the
school's first appearance in 20 years.
Seton Hall wasn't the only Big East team entering the Top 25 this week. DePaul
came in at No. 23. The Blue Demons have a tall-task in front of them with No. 1
UConn visiting Wednesday night.
The Huskies remained No. 1 in the poll this week after easy victories over
Kansas State and Nebraska on Saturday. UConn continued its strong start rolling
past Chattanooga on Monday night. The Huskies head to Chicago to face DePaul
before hosting third-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday.
South Carolina stayed second with Baylor and Maryland rounding out the first
five. Texas, Oregon State, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Ohio State complete
the first 10. George Washington, Iowa and Louisville fell out of the poll.
Here's some other tidbits from the Top 25:
WELCOME BRUINS: UCLA entered the poll this week for the first time since 2014
after losing to the Irish in overtime in the finals of the Junkanoo Jam. Coach
Cori Close's team has lost just twice this season, falling at home to South
Carolina by three points and the Irish.
The Bruins were ranked in the preseason poll last year behind the strength of
one of the best freshmen classes in the country. They fell out in the first
regular season poll as the team didn't really hit its stride until UCLA won the
RISE OF THE BIG EAST: For only the second time since the conference split apart
after the 2013 season, the Big East has two teams in the Top 25 in the same
week. St. John's is receiving votes this week after its upset of South Florida.
"It's what we want, that's what we were looking to do a couple years ago," St.
John's coach Joe Tartamella said. "The programs in our league have hired great
people, changed some programs the way they are going, stabilized and exceeded
expectations at times."
The conference has won 15 of its last 16 games and is 20-2 since Nov. 25.
FREE FALLING: South Florida had the biggest fall after losing to St. John's by
four points on Sunday. The Bulls dropped from 18th, the highest ranking in
school history, to 24th this week.
To find the Top 25 poll online:
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