The Huskies remained No. 2 in The Associated Press national poll today. The combination of Baylor’s 71-69 loss to Stanford in Hawaii Friday and UConn’s 81-50 rout of then-No. 16 Texas A&M Sunday was thought to be enough for it to ascend to the top of the poll.
However, Stanford received 21 of 39 first-place votes and 952 points to move up three spots and become the new No. 1 team in the country. The Huskies received 17 first-place votes and 943 points.
Baylor, who lost All-American guard Odyssey Sims to a hamstring injury after only four minutes of action against Stanford, received one first-place vote and dropped to No. 3. Duke and Notre Dame complete the Top 5.
As expected, whether UConn is ranked No. 1 or No. 2 it has absolutely no value to head coach Geno Auriemma or the players.
“I don’t think (it means) anything,’’ Auriemma said. “Baylor losing … That would be like if we played a really good team like Stanford and we didn’t have Bria Hartley and they beat us. That wouldn’t necessarily mean that we’re not as good of a team as we were before that. So the fact that they played without Odyssey Sims, one of their best players and one of the best players in the country, I don’t know that that automatically means they’re not the best team in the country. I don’t think that kind of stuff matters to our team anymore. We’ve got guys on our team that have been 1. They’ve been 2. They’ve been 3. We’ve been a little bit of everything. It doesn’t really matter.’’
The Huskies have not been ranked No. 1 in the AP poll since the final three weeks of the 2010-11 season.
“For us, it’s kind of something that we don’t look at,’’ UConn senior Kelly Faris said. “I think those are the type of people that they recruit and on top of that they instill that in us even more when we get here. All that stuff’s on paper. The stuff that really matters is what comes out on the court. So we really don’t even look at that or pay attention to it.’’
UConn will meet Stanford at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif. Dec. 29.
The Huskies had 27 assists on 32 made field goals against Texas A&M – 12 on 14 in the second half. Eight of the 10 players that played had at least one assist. Faris had six. Stefanie Dolson and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each had five. Caroline Doty had four
Overall, UConn has 59 assists on 74 made field goals in the first two games. That’s 79.7 percent.
“I think that’s kind of how this program usually runs,’’ Faris said. “We have a lot of depth, especially this year compared to last year, and we have points coming from every direction. So the more and more we work on our passing and perfecting our passing the better it’s going to be. But that’s one of the strongest parts of our game is that we have a lot of good passers, a lot of good shooters, a lot scorers, a lot of good posts who can score inside and outside. So that’s always going to be something, hopefully, as long as we keep working at it that will make it tough to guard.’’