UConn new No. 1 in AP women's basketball poll, passing Irish

Connecticut's Kia Nurse reacts in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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NEW YORK (AP) UConn is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll, moving ahead of Notre Dame on Monday.

The Huskies (7-0) had been second in the poll behind the Irish (8-0), but climbed into first by two points after beating Top 25 teams DePaul and Texas this week. The rivals will face each other Wednesday night in South Bend, Indiana.

It's the first time since 2005 that a team lost its No. 1 ranking without losing a game.

UConn garnered 18 first place votes from the 33-member national media panel while the Irish received the other 15. The Huskies' ascension to No. 1 was bolstered with then-No. 3 South Carolina losing to Duke on Sunday.

The Gamecocks fell to sixth with Baylor, Maryland and Mississippi State all moving up a spot.

Duke, South Florida and Virginia Tech all entered the Top 25 this week while Tennessee, Auburn and Texas A&M fell out.