PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers women’s basketball team (10-2, 1-0 BIG EAST) moved up 10 spots to No. 4 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll, marking the Scarlet Knights’ highest ranking since a fourth-place showing in the 1999-2000 preseason list (Nov. 9, 1999)." />
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Rutgers Ranked Fourth in This Week’s AP Poll
Women’s Basketball Team Has Highest Ranking Since 1999-2000 Preseason
  • Posted on January 10, 2005 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers women’s basketball team (10-2, 1-0 BIG EAST) moved up 10 spots to No. 4 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll, marking the Scarlet Knights’ highest ranking since a fourth-place showing in the 1999-2000 preseason list (Nov. 9, 1999).

    Rutgers’ ascension from 24th (Dec. 27) to 14th (Jan. 3) to fourth (Jan. 10) marked the largest two-week climb in the poll’s 29 years. RU received four of the 45 first-place votes. Duke (15-1) moved into the top spot, followed by Baylor (12-1) and former No. 1 LSU (14-1).

    The move in the polls is the result of Rutgers’ current five-game winning streak, one that included victories against three top-10 teams in an eight-day span (No. 8/8 Tennessee 65-51 Dec. 29, No. 4/3 Texas 51-47 Jan. 2 and No. 1/1 LSU 51-49 in overtime Jan. 5).

    This marks the 36th time that Rutgers has been ranked among the top five since the poll was first conducted during the 1977-78 season. The last time RU was in the top five was Nov. 27, 2000 (fifth). Rutgers’ highest-ever ranking is second (Feb. 2 and 9, 1987; Feb. 17, 1981; and Jan. 27, 1981).

    “This (Rutgers’ move in the polls) really speaks to the state of women’s basketball,” said 10th-year Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer. “There is just a tremendous amount of parity right now, and a number of upsets all across the nation. The real test of any team’s ability is to sustain the same level over a period of time. We have a very difficult road still ahead of us as we are just starting BIG EAST play. We just have to maintain our focus, play one game at a time and continue to work hard. We have tasted what it’s like to be successful against the top teams. Now, our challenge is to keep playing with that kind of intensity.”

    Rutgers will play two BIG EAST Conference home games in three days -- Pittsburgh (9-4, 1-1 BIG EAST) Tuesday, Jan. 11, and Georgetown (5-8, 0-2 BIG EAST) Thursday, Jan. 13. Tipoff for both games at the Louis Brown Athletic Center (8,000) will be at 7:30 p.m. The game will be carried on WRSU 88.7 FM. A live stream of the radio broadcast, as well as live statistics, will be offered on www.scarletknights.com. For tickets, please call the Rutgers Athletic Ticket Office at (732) 445-2766 or (866) 445-GORU.

    Associated Press Women’s Basketball Top 25 Poll (Jan. 10)

    1. Duke (22) 15-1 1,093

    2. Baylor (12) 12-1 1,063

    3. LSU (7) 14-1 1,055

    4. Rutgers (4) 10-2 920

    5. Ohio State 14-2 885

    6. Stanford 13-2 867

    7. Notre Dame 13-2 835

    8. Tennessee 10-3 782

    9. North Carolina 12-2 757

    Michigan State 13-2 757

    11. Minnesota 13-2 671

    12. Texas 8-4 670

    13. Texas Tech 11-2 607

    14. Boston College 11-1 551

    15. Maryland 11-2 434

    16. Connecticut 8-4 420

    17. Vanderbilt 12-2 375

    18. Georgia 12-4 361

    19. UCLA 11-3 286

    20. Purdue 10-4 198

    21. Iowa 13-2 181

    22. DePaul 11-3 168

    23. Kansas State 10-3 166

    24. Iowa State 12-1 156

    25. Virginia Tech 11-3 86

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