Connecticut drops from top 10 in USA TODAY Sports women's basketball poll for first time since 2005

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South Carolina is once again the unanimous No. 1 team in the USA TODAY Sports women’s basketball coaches poll. But another big test awaits Dawn Staley’s Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks stayed unbeaten last week, handing Duke its first loss of the season in the process. But up Tuesday is a date with No. 2 Stanford. The Cardinal should be ready for the road environs, as they are coming off a win at No. 10 Tennessee.

Louisville edges up a notch to No. 3 after a victory against Connecticut this week. The loss by the Huskies, their third of the season and second without star guard Paige Bueckers, drops them to No. 11. It's their first ranking outside the top 10 since March 8, 2005.

Connecticut's Christyn Williams (13) passes between Louisville's Mykasa Robinson (5) and Louisville's Olivia Cochran (44) in the first half of their game Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Uncasville, Conn.
Connecticut's Christyn Williams (13) passes between Louisville's Mykasa Robinson (5) and Louisville's Olivia Cochran (44) in the first half of their game Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Uncasville, Conn.

North Carolina State slips two spots to No. 4 after a loss to Georgia, which moves up to No. 12. Arizona rounds out the top five with a three-spot gain.

The Big Ten holds down the next three slots, with No. 6 Indiana leading the trio. Michigan climbs to No. 7 after an overtime upset of then-No. 5 Baylor. Maryland moves up to No. 8, followed by Baylor and Tennessee.

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The setback to the top-ranked Gamecocks didn’t hurt Duke, which actually moves up a couple of places to No. 23 this week. Florida Gulf Coast nudges back into the poll at No. 25, staving off LSU by three poll points.

Oregon is the week’s lone dropout.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: College basketball: Connecticut exits top 10 for first time since 2005