PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Six BIG EAST women's basketball teams remain in both the Associated Press and the USA Today/ESPN Coachespolls after the seventh week of play.
Connecticut held on to the No. 2 spot in both polls after registering its first loss of the season, a 66-61 defeat at the hands of No. 1/1 Baylor on Dec. 18. The Huskies responded with a 72-24 drumming of College of Charleston on Dec. 21.
Notre Dame kept its position at No. 3 in both polls. The Fighting Irish have opened the season with an 11-1 record, losing only at No. 1/1 Baylor on Nov. 20 in the championship game of the Preseason WNIT. The Fighting Irish recently defeated then-No. 8/7 Kentucky 92-83 on Dec. 18 for their fourth top-15 matchup of the season.
Rutgers fell one spot to No. 12 in the AP poll and remained No. 11 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll. The Scarlet Knights are 10-2 on the season, with their two losses coming to then No. 7/8 Miami (Fla.) and then-No. 6/6 Tennessee.
Louisville kept its spot at No. 14 in the AP poll, but jumped a spot to No. 12 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll. The Cardinals are 11-2 on the season and have played nine of their first 13 games on the road. Both of their losses have come to ranked teams, losing at then-No. 6/6 Texas A&M and at then-No. 12/10 Kentucky.
Georgetown moved up two spots in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll to occupy No. 17 in both polls. The Hoyas have won nine in a row after opening the season 1-2. Their latest victory on Dec. 21 was a 71-46 win over No. 7/7 Miami (Fla.)
DePaul bounced up to No. 19 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll and holds strong at No. 21 in the AP poll. The 11-2 Blue Demons currently hold the conferences' second-longest home court winning streak at 24 games. Their last loss at McGrath-Phillips Arena was Feb. 10, 2010, a 95-62 defeat by then-No. 1/1 Connecticut.
Villanova continues to receive votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll.
All BIG EAST teams will take a five day holiday hiatus beginning Dec. 23. Action will resume on Dec. 28.
To view the polls in their entirety, please visit the BIG EAST women's basketball national poll page.