NEW YORK (AP) — Muffet McGraw and Notre Dame are back where they started the season: at No. 1.
The Fighting Irish returned to the top spot in in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll Monday, barely edging second-ranked Louisville, after former No. 1 UConn lost to then-No. 8 Baylor last week.
The new Nos. 1-2 meet this week in South Bend, Indiana.
“It’s a big game on Thursday we need to be ready for,” McGraw said after Sunday’s win over Georgia Tech.
Notre Dame received 12 first place votes from a 30-member national media panel Monday. Louisville was second, garnering 10 first-place ballots.
The Cardinals are just seven points behind the Irish in the poll.
UConn, which on Thursday saw its 126-game regular-season winning streak snapped , fell to third in the poll and Baylor moved up four spots to fourth.
The Huskies received three first-place votes and the Lady Bears had five. It’s the first time since the 2014-15 season that four different teams received first-place votes in the same week.
Oregon, Stanford, Mississippi State, N.C. State, Maryland and Oregon State round out the top 10 teams in the poll.
The Terrapins dropped five spots after suffering their first loss of the season, falling to Rutgers.
Syracuse, 13-2, moved up two spots from No. 14 to No. 12.