Gamecocks crack Top 10

dcloninger@thestate.comDecember 9, 2013 

Dawn Staley

TRACY GLANTZ — tglantz@thestate.com

South Carolina kept rising in the national polls, checking in at No. 10 on Monday in the latest Associated Press Top 25. The Gamecocks are in the Top 10 for the first time under coach Dawn Staley.

USC (9-0) is also in the Top 10 for the first time since 2002, when the Gamecocks were in the midst of a season that ended in the Elite Eight. The highest rank in program history remains No. 2, set in 1982.

The Gamecocks hammered Charlotte 76-61 on Sunday and headed into a 10-day break for exams. Their next game is at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18 in Myrtle Beach, where they will take on No. 15 North Carolina.

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AP TOP 25
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' women's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 8, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:
Record Pts Prv
1. UConn (36) 10-0 900 1
2. Duke 10-0 864 2
3. Tennessee 7-0 804 3
4. Notre Dame 8-0 774 4
5. Kentucky 9-0 765 5
6. Stanford 7-1 728 6
7. Louisville 9-1 678 7
8. Maryland 8-1 646 8
9. Baylor 7-1 628 9
10. South Carolina 9-0 507 12
11. Colorado 8-0 505 11
12. Penn State 6-2 496 10
13. LSU 7-1 459 13
14. Oklahoma State 7-0 395 14
15. North Carolina 7-2 360 18
16. Georgia 8-0 304 19
17. Iowa State 8-0 293 20
18. Purdue 5-2 260 16
19. Nebraska 7-2 237 15
20. Oklahoma 5-3 211 17
21. Iowa 10-1 189 25
22. California 6-2 187 21
23. Gonzaga 7-1 141 24
24. Texas A&M 6-2 123 23
25. Syracuse 8-1 85 22
Others receiving votes: Florida State 69, Arizona State 33, Arkansas 14, Texas 10, West Virginia 8, Georgia Tech 6, UTEP 6, Michigan State 5, BYU 3, San Diego 3, Middle Tennessee 2, Bowling Green 1, St. Joseph's 1.

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