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Basketball - 06. December 2007.

USA - Scarlet Knights climb in poll

NEW YORK (NCAA Women's) - The after-effects of Rutgers' win over Maryland Monday night were felt in Tuesday's new USA Today/ESPN coaches poll.

The two schools switched places as Rutgers (5-1) took over third spot and Maryland (10-1) fell to sixth in the wake of the Scarlet Knights' 68-60 win in Piscataway.

Tennessee (6-0) remain out in first place with 30 of the 31 first-place votes following their 83-79 win over North Carolina (9-1) on Sunday night in Knoxville.

However, the Tar Heels earned plenty of respect in pushing the Lady Vols all the way and keeps fourth place.

Connecticut are ranked second and received the one other first-place vote.

Stanford (7-1) completed the top five.

Louisiana State (6-2) are ranked seventh with Georgia (8-0), Oklahoma (4-2) and Baylor (6-0) completing the top 10.

Texas A&M (6-1) is 11th followed by California (7-1), West Virginia (7-1), Auburn (8-0), and Duke (5-3), which tumbles to 15th from 10th in the wake of back-to-back losses to then No. 18 Vanderbilt and unranked Penn State.

DePaul (6-0) climbs to 16th, followed by Vanderbilt (7-2), Ohio State (6-2), Arizona State (4-3) and Notre Dame (6-1).

George Washington suffered their third loss of the season last week, going down 62-61 to UNLV, and the Colonials (6-3) paid the price by dropping from 14th to 21st.

Wyoming (6-0) and Michigan State (6-2) follow.

North Carolina State entered the poll at No. 24 with an 8-1 record but will likely drop right back out of it again next week after losing later on Tuesday, going down 51-49 to Xavier as Amber Harris scored 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Musketeers.

Texas (6-2) rounds out the poll, while Florida State (6-2) were the team to drop out.


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