South Carolina remained the No. 1 team in The Associated Press women's basketball poll on Monday.

The Gamecocks received all 36 votes from a national media panel, marking the seventh consecutive week that they've been No. 1. South Carolina had a run of 38 straight weeks as the top team over the previous two seasons before LSU was the preseason No. 1 this year.

With most teams having a light schedule last week ahead of the holidays, the top 10 were unchanged. UCLA, North Carolina State, Iowa and Texas followed the Gamecocks.

Southern California, LSU, Colorado, Stanford and Baylor were next.

Ohio State dropped four spots to No. 17 after losing to UCLA by six points.


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West Virginia gave the Big 12 Conference a fifth team in the poll as the Mountaineers entered at No. 25 and Washington fell out. It's the first appearance since 2021 for WVU. The Big 12 now has Texas, Baylor, No. 11 Kansas State, No. 23 TCU and West Virginia ranked, marking the first time since the 2021-22 season that's happened. The Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC are the only three conferences to have every school still with a winning record.


Conference play begins this week for most schools, with a trio of stellar games set for Saturday. UCLA plays USC, Colorado faces Utah and Baylor meets Texas. The next day has a key Big East matchup with Marquette visiting UConn.


This is the seventh time the poll has been released on Christmas, with the previous one coming in 2017. That year was a notable as Stanford dropped out of the rankings for the first time in 17 years. The other years were 1979, 1983, 1995, 2000 and 2006.

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1. South Carolina (36)11-09001
2. UCLA11-08612
3. NC State12-08023
4. Iowa12-17584
5. Texas12-07455
6. Southern Cal10-06856
7. LSU12-16767
8. Colorado10-16508
9. Stanford10-16149
10. Baylor11-060710
11. Kansas St12-150012
12. Utah10-249711
13. Notre Dame9-147314
14. Virginia Tech9-239515
15. UConn9-339316
16. Indiana10-138217
17. Ohio St.10-238013
18. Marquette12-030518
19. Louisville11-224119
20. Gonzaga13-221520
21. Creighton9-214622
22. Florida St.9-313621
23. TCU13-07325
24. North Carolina8-45824
25. West Virginia11-049-

Others receiving votes: Washington 43, Miami 38, UNLV 14, Texas A&M 12, Oregon St. 11, Minnesota 8, Michigan St. 7, Mississippi St. 6, Penn St. 5, Davidson 5, Washington St 4, Green Bay 3, Mississippi 2, Syracuse 1.

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