UConn remains No. 2 in AP poll
The belief was that second-ranked UConn would ascend to the No. 1 ranking when the nation writers' poll came out today after previous No. 1 Baylor lost to Stanford. However, when the votes were tabulated it was Stanford which leapfrogged from No. 4 to No. 1.
When the subject of possibly returning to the No. 1 spot in the poll which they have held on so many occasions in the past was raised, the reaction was little more than an indifferent yawn.
After Sunday's game UConn coach Geno Auriemma wasn't about to make a big deal of the Huskies' placement in the national polls especially after the Huskies have just finished their second game of the season.
"Baylor losing, that would be like if we play a really good team like Stanford and we didn't have Bria Hartley and they beat us, that wouldn't necessarily mean we aren't as good a team as they are," Auriemma said. "I think they (Baylor) played without Odyssey Sims who is one of the best players in the country so I don't think it is going to mean anything to us one way or the other. I don't think that kind of stuff matters to our team anymore."
UConn senior wing Kelly Faris couldn't have agreed with her coach more.
"Like Coach said it is kind of something that we don't look at," Faris said. "I think those are the type of people they recruit. All that stuff isn't important. We don't even look at that."
Stanford received 21 first-place votes, UConn was picked No. 1 by 17 voters while Baylor received the other No. 1 vote. It is the first time Stanford has been ranked No. 1 in seven years.
STEWART HONORED BY BIG EAST
UConn's Breanna Stewart was named the Big East's Freshman of the Week after averaging 16 points and 8 rebounds in wins over College of Charleston and Texas A&M.
Stewart, a 6-foot-4 forward, had 21 points against Charleston (matching the second highest total for a Connecticut player in their first collegiate game since Auriemma has been UConn's coach) and added 11 points and six rebounds against the Aggies.