USC women rise to No. 4 in latest poll

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - After notching their eleventh SEC win, and the program's first win at LSU in 20 years, the South Carolina women are rising in the polls again.

Dawn Staley's Gamecocks moved up one spot to No. 4 in this week's Associated Press poll on Monday.

The team is now 23-2 overall and 11-1 in the SEC. Both are program records. At this point, the Gamecocks are projected as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Connecticut remains the top team in the Associated Press poll after winning its only game this week.

The Huskies improved to 26-0 this season after routing South Florida on Sunday and will host Central Florida on Wednesday before visiting Houston on Saturday.

Notre Dame stays No. 2. The Irish, who also are unbeaten this season at 24-0, topped Boston College in their lone game of the week. Notre Dame has a busy week playing Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Duke.

Louisville, South Carolina and Stanford round out the first five.

Baylor, Duke, Maryland, Penn State and Tennessee follow the Cardinal.

North Carolina made the biggest jump, climbing six spots to 11th after beating Duke and N.C. State.

South Carolina faces a critical stretch over its last three regular-season games. It starts Thursday at No. 15 Kentucky. The Gamecocks beat the Wildcats in early January at the Colonial Life Arena. Both were ranked in the top ten at the time.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)