PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Six BIG EAST women's basketball teams remain ranked in both the Associated Press and the USA Today/ESPN Coachespolls after the 12th week of play.
Notre Dame (21-1, 8-0 BIG EAST)held onto the number two spot in both polls after a 71-56 victory over St. John's. ND has proven itself against a tough schedule, recording a 6-1 record against teams ranked in the top-25, with its only loss coming at No. 1/1 Baylor on Nov. 20 in the championship game of the Preseason WNIT. The Irish will head to No. 13/14 Rutgers on Jan. 31 in a game televised on the CBS Sports Network and aim to keep their perfect conference record alive.
Connecticut kept its hold at No. 3 in both polls after a 2-0 week. On Jan. 28, the Huskies pulled out a 77-62 victory over USF after leading by only three at halftime (36-33). On Jan. 30, UConn travelled to then No. 5/5 Duke for a matchup of top-five teams and beat the Blue Demons 61-45. The win was the fifth-straight for Connecticut over Duke. Up next, the Huskies (20-2, 8-1 BIG EAST) will host No. 13/14 Rutgers on Feb. 4 as they look to protect their NCAA-leading 97-game home court winning streak.
Louisville (17-4, 6-2 BIG EAST) jumped to No. 14 in the AP poll No. 12 in the USA Today/ESPN poll after holding off Villanova for a 62-58 home victory on Jan. 28. The Cardinals have jumped back into the top-15 in the polls since being ranked No. 14/12 on Jan. 3. UofL will face a big road test on Jan. 31 when they take on RV/23 DePaul in Chicago at 9 p.m. in a nationally televised game on the CBS Sports Network.
Rutgers fell two spots in each poll to No. 13 in the AP poll and No. 14 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll. The Scarlet Knights (17-4, 6-2) managed a 65-64 victory over then-No. 23/22 DePaul at home on Jan. 24, but lost 54-36 at No. 20/18 Georgetown on Jan. 29. The streak of ranked opponents will continue for Rutgers which hosts No. 2/2 Notre Dame on Jan. 31 and travels to No. 3/3 Connecticut on Feb. 4.
Georgetown (17-5, 6-3 BIG EAST) advanced three spots in this week's polls to No. 17 in the AP poll and No. 15 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll. The Hoyas beat West Virginia 64-54 on Jan. 24 and downed then-No. 11/12 Rutgers on Jan. 29. Up next GU will travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats on Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.
DePaul is receiving votes in the AP poll and dropped to No. 23 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll. After breaking out to a 14-2 record to begin the season, the Blue Demons have lost four of their last six games and currently stand at 16-6, 4-4 BIG EAST. DPU will look to regain momentum when they host No. 14/12 Louisville on Jan. 31 at 9 p.m. in a game televised on the CBS Sports Network.
DePaul and St. John's are receiving votes in the AP poll while both the Red Storm and USF are receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll.
To view the polls in their entirety, please visit the BIG EAST women's basketball national poll page.