Gamecocks rise to No. 8

dcloninger@thestate.comJanuary 13, 2014 

South Carolina guards Olivia Gaines (2) and Tiffany Mitchell go for a loose ball against Kentucky. USC's two wins this week elevated it to No. 8 in the country.

TRACY GLANTZ — Tracy Glantz

South Carolina still has a way to go before it can match its highest ranking in program history (No. 2, 1982).

The Gamecocks are still enjoying the view from their current perch.

Following a week where Tennessee and Kentucky each lost, USC (16-1, 4-0 SEC) leaped past both in the Associated Press Top 25. The Gamecocks checked in at No. 8 on Monday, the highest-ranked SEC team in the poll, and their highest ranking of the season.

USC is 4-0 in the SEC for the first time under Dawn Staley and is the only 4-0 team in the league. The Gamecocks are at No. 25 Texas A&M on Thursday and host Alabama on Sunday. The Aggies just entered the poll on Monday.

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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 Jan. 12, 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) 17-0 900 1
2. Notre Dame 15-0 841 2
3. Duke 16-1 828 3
4. Stanford 15-1 811 4
5. Louisville 16-1 736 5
6. Maryland 14-1 723 6
7. Baylor 14-1 696 7
8. South Carolina 16-1 647 10
9. North Carolina 14-3 571 13
10. Kentucky 14-3 540 9
11. Oklahoma State 15-1 539 15
12. Tennessee 13-3 522 8
13. Iowa State 14-1 453 11
14. LSU 13-3 404 12
15. California 12-3 330 19
16. Penn State 11-4 302 14
17. Florida State 14-2 301 18
18. Nebraska 12-3 246 16
19. Arizona State 14-2 230 23
20. NC State 15-2 183 20
21. Colorado 11-4 179 17
22. Purdue 11-4 172 21
23. Rutgers 13-2 101 —
24. Vanderbilt 14-3 96 —
25. Texas A&M 13-4 95 —
Others receiving votes: West Virginia 83, Indiana 61, Gonzaga 39, Michigan State 17, Middle Tennessee 15, Syracuse 10, Florida 9, Oklahoma 9, Iowa 8, Michigan 1, St. Joseph's 1, San Diego 1

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