Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey holds her grandson, assisted by her daughter Makenzie Fuller, as she cuts down the nets after Baylor defeated Iowa State during the Big 12 women's conference tournament championship in Oklahoma City, Monday, March 11, 2019. Baylor won 67-49. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Baylor Finishes No. 1 In Ap Women's Hoops Poll

March 18, 2019 - 10:01 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Baylor has finished No. 1 in the final Associated Press women's basketball poll of the season.

The Lady Bears, who have been atop the rankings for eight weeks, received all 28 first-place votes from a national media panel Monday. It's the third time in school history that the team finished with the No. 1 ranking. Baylor was the top choice in 2012 and 2013 in the final poll.

The Lady Bears have won 23 straight games — the longest winning streak in the country. They are expected to be a top seed in the NCAA Tournament when the field is announced Monday night.

UConn, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Louisville follow Baylor.

There was no change in the top 11 teams in the poll with most of the teams finishing their conference tournaments last week. Stanford, Oregon, Iowa, Maryland and N.C. State round out the first 10 teams in the poll.

DePaul entered the Top 25 after beating Marquette to win the Big East championship. The Golden Eagles fell four places to 18. Drake fell out of the poll.

Here are some other tidbits from the AP Top 25 this week:

MATCHING ANDY: UConn coach Geno Auriemma earned his 522nd ranking with UConn moving him into a tie with former Georgia coach Andy Landers for third place on the all-time coaches ranking list. Both coaches did it at one school. Auriemma trails Tara VanDerveer (558) and Pat Summitt (618).

CONFERENCE SUPREMACY: Six ACC teams earned rankings in the final poll led by Notre Dame and Louisville. The Pac-12 was next with five teams in. The Southeastern Conference had four and the Big 12 had three. The Big East and Big Ten each had two teams ranked with the West Coast Conference, American and Conference USA each having one.


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