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No. 1 UConn visits No. 7 Baylor

Connecticut remains No. 1 in The Associated Press poll as the Huskies get ready for Baylor in their final nonconference test.

The Huskies, which cruised in their games this week against Houston and Temple, get a much tougher test Monday night as UConn visits seventh-ranked Baylor.

The Lady Bears, led by star guard Odyssey Sims, have won 69 straight games at home.

UConn and Baylor are the top two teams in average margin of victory with both winning by more than 30 points a game. UConn has done it against some stiff competition, beating five ranked teams by an average of 22 points. Baylor lost to Kentucky by three in a four-overtime thriller in its only game against a Top 25 team.

"Games like this always kind of test you and test how much your team has grown," said Breanna Stewart, UConn's top scorer at 18.1 points per game. "Everyone is going to have to show up and prove how much they've gotten better."

Notre Dame, Duke, Stanford and Louisville followed the unbeaten Huskies in the poll, with the first five teams unchanged.

After that, however, it was a rough week for the Top 25 with more than half the teams suffering a loss. While the top seven teams in last week's poll went unbeaten, the rest were just 19-16 -- the worst week the Top 25 has had this season.

Maryland, Baylor, South Carolina, North Carolina and Kentucky round out the top 10.

The No. 8 rankings is the Gamecocks' best since the 2002 season when they were seventh.

Rutgers, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M entered the poll in the final three spots, while Indiana, San Diego and Georgia dropped out.

Rutgers returned to the Top 25 for the first time since the final poll of the 2011-12 season. The Scarlet Knights visit Memphis before hosting top-ranked UConn on Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.