Louisville up to No. 6 in women’s Top 25; South Dakota in

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Stanford’s Haley Jones (30) looks to pass next to Ohio State’s Dorka Juhasz during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Louisville climbed a spot to No. 6 in the The Associated Press women’s Top 25 rankings, which remained mostly unchanged Monday with most teams on break for exams.

Stanford, UConn, Oregon, Oregon State and South Carolina top the poll. The Cardinal played their first game since moving up to No. 1 a few weeks ago by routing Ohio State on Sunday.

Stanford received 27 first-place votes from the national media panel. UConn, Oregon and Oregon State each got one vote.

Only one game this past week involved a pair of ranked teams with Louisville edging 14th-ranked Kentucky. The Cardinals switched places with Baylor in this week’s rankings.

Florida State, N.C. State and UCLA round out the first 10 teams.

The only other change from the previous week was that South Dakota entered the rankings at No. 25. The Coyotes were ranked for two weeks in February, the first time in the poll in school history. Miami fell out of the poll.

OVERRATED?

Nobody has been ranked in the top five more this decade than UConn and coach Geno Auriemma. His team moved up to No. 2 last week, and the Hall of Fame coach said it’s more about his team’s undefeated status more than how good the Huskies may be.

“It’s not really true. We’re just there because we haven’t lost yet. Everybody else happened to lose. We ain’t No. 2 in the country,” he told reporters last week.

The Huskies have a difficult month ahead starting with a road game at No. 16 DePaul. UConn will also face No. 6 Baylor, No. 23 Tennessee and No. 3 Oregon over the next few months.

GAME OF THE WEEK

Missouri State at Gonzaga, Friday. Two of the top mid-major programs will tip-off in Washington. Each team has one loss on the season with the 20th-ranked Lady Bears dropping the championship game of the Preseason WNIT at Oregon State. The No. 17 Zags lost in overtime at Stanford.

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