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BYU women's basketball moves up to No. 19; men's hoops receiving votes

BYU Cougars players react after a three point make as Utah and BYU women compete in a basketball game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. BYU won 85-80.

BYU Cougars players react after a three point make as Utah and BYU women compete in a basketball game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. BYU won 85-80. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)



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PROVO β€” BYU women's basketball continued its run in the Associated Press Top 25.

The Cougars inched up one spot to No. 19 Monday after a 71-53 win Saturday over Washington State, their fifth win of the season over a Power Five opponent.

BYU (9-1) also has wins over Arizona State and Utah from the Pac-12, as well as the ACC's Florida State and Big 12's West Virginia, which were ranked 17th and 22nd respectively at the time of BYU's victories. The Cougars are 5-1 against P5 teams, including a 99-91 overtime loss at Oklahoma.

It's the fourth consecutive week in the top 25 for BYU, matching the 2007 mark and the program's longest run since being ranked nine weeks in a row in 2006.

South Carolina remained the unanimous No. 1 pick, receiving all 29 first-place votes by the national media panel. The Gamecocks will face No. 2 Stanford on Tuesday.

Louisville, Arizona and North Carolina State round out the top five. For the first time in 16 years, or 313 straight weeks, UConn fell out of the AP top 10. The 11th-ranked Huskies fell to No. 11 for the first time since March 7, 2005.

BYU wraps up nonconference play Tuesday with a road game at Montana State. Tipoff from Bozeman, Montana is scheduled for 7 p.m. MST on ESPN+. Picked to win the West Coast Conference, BYU opens league play Thursday, Dec. 30 against San Diego in the Marriott Center.

In men's basketball, the Cougars received nine votes, eight spots outside the Top 25 after an 89-71 win over Weber State. The Cougars open the Diamond Head Classic at 7:30 p.m. MST Wednesday against South Florida, followed by games Thursday and Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Baylor remained at No. 1 in the AP poll after improving to 10-0, receiving all but one first-place vote. Duke, Purdue, Gonzaga and UCLA round out the top five, while No. 6 Arizona received the other first-place nod.

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