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New York — A pair of victories last week helped Michigan State climb one spot in the Associated Press women’s college basketball poll.

Michigan State (15-5) is up to No. 22 this week, following victories over Illinois and rival Michigan.

The Spartans have won three of their last four games.

Baylor is No. 1 in the poll for the first time nearly six years.

The Lady Bears (17-1) ascended to the top spot after then-No. 1 Notre Dame lost to unranked North Carolina on Sunday. Baylor, which received 24 of 28 first-place votes Monday from a national media panel, last was No. 1 in the final poll of the 2012-13 season. The team was the top choice among voters for the final 11 weeks of that season.

The Fighting Irish fell to fifth, with UConn, Louisville and Oregon following Baylor.

Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Stanford, Oregon State and Marquette rounded out the top 10. The Wolfpack are the only undefeated team left in Division I basketball.

BYU entered the poll at No. 25 while Missouri fell out. It’s the Cougars first ranking since February 2012.

WOMEN’S ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25

 

Record

Pts

Prv

1. Baylor (24)

17-1

695

2

2. UConn (2)

18-1

670

3

3. Louisville (2)

19-1

630

4

4. Oregon

19-1

606

5

5. Notre Dame

19-2

604

1

6. Mississippi State

19-1

565

7

7. NC State

20-0

541

8

8. Stanford

17-2

488

6

9. Oregon State

17-3

460

9

10. Marquette

18-3

452

10

11. Maryland

18-2

427

11

12. Texas

17-3

374

12

13. Iowa

16-4

338

17

14. Utah

18-1

282

21

15. Gonzaga

19-2

269

18

16. South Carolina

13-5

265

19

17. Rutgers

16-4

256

14

18. Syracuse

16-4

253

13

19. Kentucky

17-4

222

15

20. Texas A&M

16-4

142

24

21. Arizona State

14-6

127

16

22. Michigan State

15-5

109

23

23. Iowa State

15-5

106

20

24. Florida State

17-3

73

22

25. BYU

17-3

47

Others receiving votes: Miami (Fla.) 34, Drake 30, South Dakota 10, DePaul 7, Missouri 7, New Mexico 4, California 2, Clemson 2, Minnesota 1, Rice 1, UCF 1.

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