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UConn remains No. 1 after passing stiff test from Notre Dame

(AP Photo/Jessica Hill). Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, left, talks with Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw before an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill). Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, left, talks with Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw before an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Hartford, Conn.
(AP Photo/Jessica Hill). Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson reacts after making a basket during the first half an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill). Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson reacts after making a basket during the first half an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Hartford, Conn.
(AP Photo/Jessica Hill). Connecticut's Napheesa Collier, left, tangles with Notre Dame's Jackie Young as they reach for a rebound during the first half an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill). Connecticut's Napheesa Collier, left, tangles with Notre Dame's Jackie Young as they reach for a rebound during the first half an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Hartford, Conn.

By DOUG FEINBERG
AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - UConn passed its first major test of the season to stay No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll.

The Huskies (7-0) trailed No. 3 Notre Dame by 11 points in the fourth quarter before rallying for an 80-71 victory on Sunday. UConn remained the unanimous top team from the 32-member national media panel Monday.

Texas, Notre Dame, Louisville and South Carolina follow the Huskies as the top five teams were unchanged.

Mississippi State, UCLA, Baylor, Oregon and West Virginia round out the top 10.

Ohio State, which lost to No. 14 Duke, dropped four spots in the poll to 12th.

Green Bay entered the Top 25 for the first time this season at No. 23, replacing Marquette. The Phoenix beat the Golden Eagles on Saturday.

TEST WEEK: While many schools are entering their final exam periods and playing relatively light schedules, there are still are some on-court tests this week. Unbeaten Texas will travel to face No. 11 Tennessee on Sunday. No. 13 Florida State welcomes Arizona State on Sunday.

REMEMBERING MAGGIE: No. 21 Texas A&M will host TCU on Wednesday morning to honor the legacy of former Army coach Maggie Dixon, who died of heart arrhythmia in 2006. The Aggies played in the Maggie Dixon Classic twice when it was held at Madison Square Garden and her brother Jaime is the men's coach at TCU.

"It's important to keep it going," Dixon said. "The best teams in the country call us every year to be in it, I've just been a little stubborn wanting to keep it in the Garden. I'm glad that Texas A&M was willing to host it this year."

STRONG EFFORT: Florida State's Shakayla Thomas helped keep the Seminoles unbeaten with a tremendous effort in a win over Iowa on Wednesday. Trailing by 12 points in the fourth quarter, Thomas had 17 of her 31 in the period to help Florida State rally for the 94-93 win.

SHE SAID IT: "It's a measuring stick. ... We're pretty close to where we need to be," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw after her team's loss to UConn.

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To find the poll online: https://collegebasketball.ap.org/ap-womens-basketball-poll-week-5

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