Connecticut, Notre Dame Hold Tight Atop Women's Basketball National Polls

 PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Six BIG EAST women's basketball teams remain in both the Associated Press and the USA Today/ESPN Coachespolls after the sixth week of play.
Connecticut held on to the No. 2 spot in both polls and received two first-place votes in the USA Today/ESPN poll.  The Huskies, who opened the season 9-0 and 1-0 in BIG EAST play, posted an impressive 81-51 victory over No. 8/7, and defending national champion, Texas A&M on Dec. 6.  UConn will take a few days off before traveling to No. 1/1 Baylor for a matchup of the two top-ranked teams in the nation on Dec. 18. 
Notre Dame kept its position at No. 3 in both polls.  The Fighting Irish have opened the season with a 9-1 record, losing only at No. 1/1 Baylor on Nov. 20 in the championship game of the Preseason WNIT.  The Fighting Irish's most recent game was a 66-38 win at then-No. 12/14 Purdue on Dec. 10.  ND also recorded a win over Marquette in its first conference game of the season on Dec. 7. 
Rutgers stood still at No. 11 in both polls.  The Scarlet Knights are 9-1 on the season after a 92-81 double-overtime heartbreaker at the hands of then-No. 9/9 Miami (Fla.) on Dec. 5, their first loss of the season.
Louisville jumped one spot in the AP poll to occupy No. 13 in both national rankings.  The 8-2 Cardinals rebounded from their loss to in-state rival Kentucky by beating Gardner-Webb 92-27 on Dec. 10.  UofL will open conference play on Dec. 14 when it travels to Cincinnati for a 7 p.m. tipoff. 
Georgetown moved up in both polls to No. 17 in the AP poll and No. 19 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll.  The Hoyas have recorded a 9-2 season record, and a 1-0 conference record after beating Pittsburgh 82-54 on Dec. 7, in Pittsburgh.
DePaul dropped to No. 23 in the AP poll and keeps its spot at No. 21 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll.  The Blue Demons fell to then-No. 7/8 Tennessee on Dec. 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City as part of the 2011 Maggie Dixon Classic.  DPU will travel to Princeton on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.
Both West Virginia and Villanova are receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll.  This marks the first time since the preseason polls that WVU received votes and the first time since Nov. 22 for VU. 

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