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La. Tech women are perfect on court, in poll

Louisiana Tech, at 21-0 the only remaining Division I women's basketball team with a perfect record, also was perfect in Monday's Associated Press poll. The Techsters, No.1 for 10 weeks, received all 66 first-place votes and 1,650 points from a nationwide panel of women's coaches.

While coach Leon Barmore's team continued to enjoy life at the top, Mississippi (18-5) and Connecticut (19-3) moved into the rankings at No.24 and No.25, respectively.

It's the first appearance in the rankings since December for Mississippi, leader of the Southeastern Conference. It's the first appearance of the season for Connecticut, the Big East leader. Combined with Providence's No.22 ranking, it's the first time the Big East has had two teams in the poll in the same week.

"We've been going great all year," said Connecticut coach Gene Auriemma, "but I don't think a lot of voters outside our region know us."

Meanwhile, ranked teams from a week ago combined for 11 losses - seven to each other and four to outsiders.

Washington's upset of previosuly unbeaten and second-ranked Stanford enabled UNLV to move to No. 2. The Rebels (21-1) completed their first-ever season sweep over Long Beach State and received 1,559 points.

Stanford (20-1), tied with Washington for first in the Pacific-10, fell to No. 3 with 1,487 points, while Tennessee (19-4) defeated No. 23 Northern Illinois and then-No. 14 Louisiana State and moved to No. 4 with 1,462 points.

Washington (19-2), whose only major Pac-10 obstacle is Oregon on Saturday, jumped two spots to fifth with 1,354 points. Texas (17-3), with easy victories over Southwest Conference opponents, fell to sixth with 1,349 points.

"Stanford was a great win, no doubt," Washington coach Chris Gobrecht said, "but we're going to have our hands full this weekend at Oregon. If we can get past that, we should be in good shape the rest of the way."

Georgia (20-3), an 85-64 loser to Auburn, fell three spots to seventh with 1,266 points. Stephen F. Austin (19-2) is eighth with 1,162 points, North Carolina State (17-4) ninth and Virginia (21-3) 10th. The Wolfpack received 1,033 points after moving two spots from 11th, and Virginia moved two spots from 12th with 986 points.

Long Beach State's loss to UNLV sent the 49ers from eighth to 12th, and Purdue's upset loss at home to Iowa dropped the Boilermakers from 10th to 13th. The Hawkeyes reversed their slide and moved two spots to 14th, ahead of No. 15 Northwestern. Hawaii and Southern Mississippi each moved up a spot to 16th and 17th, but Louisiana State, which lost to Mississippi and Tennessee, fell from 14th to 18th.

Vanderbilt, whose return to the poll lasted only a week for the second time this season, fell out after a loss at Mississippi. Penn State, which lost to Temple and St. Joseph's, also dropped out.

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