UConn unanimous choice as No. 1 in women’s hoops poll

UConn is the unanimous No. 1 in the Associated Press women’s basketball poll. The Huskies moved to the top spot last week and beat No. 2 Notre Dame on Wednesday as well topping Kansas State on Sunday, improving their winning streak to 84 consecutive games. UConn received all 33 first place votes from a national media panel Monday. The Huskies are off this week for exams. Despite the loss, the Irish remain in second. Baylor, Maryland and Mississippi State are next. Article continues below … South Carolina, Florida State, Louisville,…

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The Women’s Top Twenty Five

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 11, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking Record Pts Pvs 1. UConn (33) 9-0 825 1 Article continues below … 2. Notre Dame 9-1 764 2 3. Baylor 10-1 761 3 4. Maryland 10-0 742 4 5. Mississippi St. 9-0 676 5 6. South Carolina 7-1 657 6 7. Florida St. 10-1 625 7 8. Louisville…

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Ionescu, Gildon lead No. 25 Oregon women past Clemson, 87-59

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Freshman Sabrina Ionescu had her second-career triple-double, Oti Gildon tied a career best with 16 points, on 7-of-11 shooting, and No. 25 Oregon beat Clemson 87-59 on Monday night. Ionescu hit 5 of 7 from 3-point range and finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Ruthy Hebard made 7 of 9 shots, scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Maite Cazorla added 14 points and Lexi Bando scored 10 for the Ducks. Ionescu had Oregon’s first triple-double since 1988 in an 86-49 win over Hawaii…

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Maryland rolls past in-state foe Loyola 79-60

BALTIMORE (AP) Brionna Jones had 25 points and 14 rebounds, helping No. 4 Maryland to another dominant win over in-state foe Loyola, 79-60 on Monday night. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 17 points for Maryland, which has started the season 11-0 for the second consecutive year. The Terrapins scored 21 points off 23 turnovers. Maryland has won its last 17 meetings against Loyola and leads the all-time series 22-3. Article continues below … Bri Betz-White led Loyola (4-6) with 17 points, while Lauren Daugherty added 16. Carly Monzo and Stephanie Karcz had…

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UConn women just passed their biggest test on the road to 100 straight wins

Geno Auriemma and the UConn women’s basketball team seem headed for the century mark with their current winning streak. A major hurdle was cleared on Thursday when the Huskies went on the road to play previously undefeated Maryland. Despite their leading scorer, Katie Lou Samuelson, being sick, UConn managed to escape College Park with an 87-81 victory. Article continues below … The win, coincidentally, was the 87th straight for the Huskies. “We maybe won this game today because … in some ways, it’s Connecticut,” Auriemma said after the win. “They’re…

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Twitter reacts to Mississippi State ending UConn’s 111-game winning streak

Every win streak has to end eventually, but no one saw Mississippi State’s upset of UConn coming. The Bulldogs shocked the world by ending the Huskies’ 111-game win streak in Friday night’s Final Four matchup, as Morgan William beat the buzzer with a silky jumper to lift Mississippi State to a 66-64 win. As the clock hit all-zeroes on one of the greatest games we’ve seen this year, athletes and observers from every sport weighed in.

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Watch the Mississippi State shot that snapped UConn’s record streak

Morgan William, all 5-foot-5 of her, proved the giant slayer on Friday. Watch as the Mississippi State junior hits a pull-up jumper at the buzzer in overtime to give the Bulldogs an astonishing 66-64 victory over top-seed UConn in Dallas. It happened. It really happened. Article continues below … The buzzer-beater that ended an epic streak and sent Mississippi St. to the natty: pic.twitter.com/ZXIxGQrC3b — ESPN (@espn) April 1, 2017 The Huskies came into the Final Four a prohibitive 1-10 favorite; Mississippi State was the 35-1 outsider in the…

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Dak Prescott was among those who lost their minds when Mississippi State upset UConn

It happened. Really. It wasn’t an elaborate April Fools’ Day joke. The Mississippi State Bulldogs upset the UConn Huskies on Friday night, ending the four-time defending national champions’ 111-game winning streak. And the crowd went wild – both inside American Airlines Center in Dallas and back on campus in Starkville, Mississippi. Here are just a few of the amazing reactions when Morgan William sank the game-winning buzzer-beater in overtime in the women’s national semifinal: Cowboys Pro Bowl QB Dak Prescott, the Bulldogs’ starting QB from 2012-2015, was among those in…

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South Carolina’s own A’ja Wilson leads Gamecocks to first championship

DALLAS —There is no bigger advocate for the state of South Carolina than Gamecocks junior center A’ja Wilson. She grew up in Hopkins, S.C., a 20-minute drive from the University of South Carolina campus in Columbia and a town Wilson described as “chill, with a bunch of woods, and nice and quiet.” Anytime over the weekend when Wilson was asked why she stayed home to play basketball, you might as well have been talking to a member of the state’s tourism division. She could not hype the state of South…

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