Aggie women up two spots in new AP Top 25

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NEW YORK (AP) - UConn, Notre Dame and Louisville remain the top three teams in The Associated Press women's basketball poll.

With most teams taking a break for the holidays, there wasn't much movement in the Top 25 poll Monday. The only change in the first 10 teams was Mississippi State and Baylor exchanging places at No. 7 and 8. Maryland and Oregon were fourth and fifth in the poll voted on by a 31-member national media panel.

Baylor has a huge chance to move up the poll this week when the Lady Bears host top-ranked UConn on Thursday night. The Huskies were off this past week and finish off a two-game trip to Texas with a game at Houston on Sunday. UConn hasn't played at home since Dec. 8.

Notre Dame easily beat Lehigh on Sunday in its lone game this week. The victory earned Muffet McGraw her 900th' career win.

There was movement in the second half of the poll with California dropping four spots to 18th after losing to Harvard. Arizona State fell five places to 22nd after falling to Pac-12 rival Arizona. DePaul also dropped down five spots after losing its Big East opener to Creighton.

Michigan State made the biggest leap, climbing up six spots to 15th after topping Iowa in a Big Ten game. It's the Spartans best ranking since Nov. 17, 2014 when they were also 15th.

Iowa State was the lone team to enter the poll while Miami fell out after losing to Central Michigan.

Here are some other tidbits from the poll:

WINNING WHALEN: No. 12 Minnesota had its best ranking in 12 years last week. The Golden Gophers were No. 11 on Feb. 6, 2006. The Gophers (12-0) are off to their best start since 2003-04 when the team won its first 15 games. They also started 12-0 in 2002-03. Those were head coach Lindsay Whalen's senior and junior seasons. A win Monday at Michigan would give Whalen the most wins without a loss to open a coaching career at Minnesota, breaking a tie with her former coach, Pam Borton, whose first year was 2002-03. The only coach at a Big Ten school with more wins in his or her first year at that school is Ohio State's Debbie Wilson, who started 14-0 in 1972-73.

GAME OF THE WEEK: While Baylor-UConn is the marquee game of the week, a huge SEC clash will take place on Thursday night also with No. 23 South Carolina visiting No. 21 Texas A&M. Dawn Staley's team will try and get an early road victory.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' women's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 30, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

RecordPtsPrv
1. UConn (31) 11-0 775 1
2. Notre Dame 12-1 741 2
3. Louisville 12-0 714 3
4. Maryland 12-0 645 4
5. Oregon 11-1 641 5
6. Stanford 10-1 622 6
7. Mississippi St. 12-1 586 8
8. Baylor 8-1 584 7
9. NC State 13-0 527 9
10. Tennessee 11-1 499 10
11. Oregon St. 10-2 452 11
12. Minnesota 12-0 427 12
13. Texas 10-2 402 13
14. Syracuse 11-2 369 15
15. Michigan St. 11-1 304 21
16. Kentucky 13-1 295 18
17. Gonzaga 12-1 234 20
18. California 9-2 201 14
19. Iowa 9-3 185 16
20. Marquette 10-3 183 22
21. Texas A&M 11-2 173 23
22. Arizona St. 9-3 97 17
23. South Carolina 8-4 76 25
24. DePaul 9-4 72 19
25. Iowa St. 10-2 66 -
Others receiving votes: Virginia Tech 59, Florida St. 52, Utah 32, Miami 23, Arizona 15, Indiana 11, South Dakota 7, Auburn 4, Cent Michigan 1, South Dakota St. 1.