AP Poll: Lady Bears still No. 1

The Lady Bears' 94-81 win over Notre Dame in the championship game, at the Ferrell Center Sunday, of the preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament earned them the first-place trophy. Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

By the Associated Press

Baylor is still the No. 1 team in The Associated Press women’s college basketball poll.

The Lady Bears received 39 of the 40 first place ballots Monday after beating then-No. 6 Tennessee 76-67 on Sunday. The Lady Bears host Texas Southern on Wednesday.

Brittney Griner scored 26 points as Baylor beat its second Top 10 opponent this season, handing Tennessee its first loss at home in nearly three years.

The preseason All-America had nine first-half points but rallied in the paint after halftime.

The Lady Volunteers (2-2) took a 39-31 lead on Glory Johnson’s free throw with 17:39 left, but Griner had a pair of layups in an 11-2 run for the Lady Bears (6-0). The second gave Baylor a 42-41 lead with 15 minutes left.

Another preseason All-America, Shekinna Stricklen, led the Lady Vols with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Vicki Baugh added 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Odyssey Sims added 23 points and Jordan Madden had 11 points for the Lady Bears, who also beat then-No. 2 Notre Dame on Nov. 20.

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UConn remained second after beating then-No. 3 Stanford 68-58 last Monday night. The Huskies went on to three easy routs in their own tournament this past weekend.

Notre Dame and Texas A&M followed UConn while Stanford fell to fifth. The Aggies garnered the other first place vote.

Maryland, Duke, Tennessee, Miami and Louisville round out the top 10.

Wisconsin-Green Bay, Delaware and Vanderbilt entered the poll this week in the final three spots. Virginia, UCLA, and LSU all fell out.