Vandy into top 10; Middle Tennessee joins poll

Vanderbilt (13-1), which has won five straight games since losing to Duke on Dec. 7, joined the top 10 in the latest ESPN/USA Today women's college basketball poll.

The top nine teams remained the same. ACC powers Maryland (15-0), North Carolina (15-0) and Duke (14-0) held the top three
spots for the second straight week and shared all the first-place

Tennessee (12-1) was fourth, followed by Connecticut (11-0), LSU (13-1), Oklahoma (10-1), Ohio State (11-1), Baylor (13-1) and Vanderbilt (13-1).

There's likely to be some change in that group next week because
Tennessee and Connecticut meet in their annual clash at Hartford on
Saturday. Also, Maryland hosts No. 18 Michigan State (11-2) on Saturday,
and LSU entertains No. 15 Georgia (12-1) on Sunday.

Maryland, which has been No. 1 all season, received 29 of
31 first-place votes from a national media panel. North Carolina and Duke each received one first-place vote.

There are only two other unbeatens in Division I -- Connecticut and No. 13 Louisville (15-0).

The first time any of the ACC leaders face each other will be
Jan. 13, when Maryland plays at Duke.

Georgia fell five places to 15th after going 1-1 at a tournament
in San Diego, losing to No. 16 George Washington (11-2) and beating Brown.

In other games between ranked teams this week, No. 23 Arkansas (15-1) plays at
Vanderbilt on Thursday, No. 21 Cal (10-3) hosts No. 12 Stanford (9-3) on Saturday, and
No. 20 Marquette (13-1) travels to No. 24 DePaul (11-3) on Saturday.

Middle Tennessee State (10-3) was the only newly ranked team this week, replacing New Mexico.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.