South Carolina women remain No. 1 in AP poll, remain unbeaten

South Carolina remains No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll while Western Kentucky enters the Top 25 for the first time in nearly 17 years.

The Gamecocks opened SEC play with convincing victories over Auburn and LSU to stay unbeaten. Connecticut, Texas, Notre Dame and Baylor follow South Carolina.

Western Kentucky leads three new teams in the Top 25. The No. 25 Lady Toppers are 12-2, their two losses coming to No. 6 Louisville and No. 14 Mississippi State. Western Kentucky last was in the poll on March 9, 1998.

Joining them this week are No. 22 Princeton and No. 23 Minnesota. The Tigers are one of four unbeaten teams left in women’s basketball, along with South Carolina, Texas and Mississippi State.

Minnesota enters the rankings for the first time since March 13, 2006.

Seton Hall, Michigan State and DePaul dropped out.