Stanford not only retained the No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press women's college basketball rankings released Monday, the Cardinal increased its margin over No. 2 Connecticut.
That comes as somewhat of a surprise, since the Cardinal got a scare from No. 21 South Carolina on Wednesday, while UConn continued to squash its opponents.
One reason the Cardinal received two more first place votes (24) this week than it did a week ago (22) may be the ESPN.com article written on Sunday, which noted that Stanford is the only team in the top five to have two wins over ranked teams in true road games.
Certainly, the Cardinal's decisive victory over then-No. 10 Tennessee in Knoxville on Saturday had to reassure any doubters that the Cardinal is No. 1 material.
The rankings officially confirmed what had been assumed - that the nation's No. 1 and 2 ranked teams will be meeting when UConn and Stanford face each other at Maples Pavilion on Saturday. Neither team plays until then, so both are guaranteed to be unbeaten when Stanford tries to extend its 82-game home winning streak, the longest active home streak in the country and the second longest in history. The game, scheduled to start at 1 p.m., is already a sellout. It is being televised by ESPNU, although many people don't get that station.
Also Chiney Ogwumike was named Pac-12 player of the week for her performance in the wins over South Carolina and Tennessee. It's her third player of the week honor this season and the sixth of her career.