No. 1 UConn takes top-ranked showdown with 66-54 win

(AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) UConn coach Gene Auriemma smiled at his three senior starters, savoring the latest virtuoso performance on the big stage by Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson - and fretting about their departure next season.

"I carry five cellphones now with all the coaches who want to schedule us next year when these guys leave," Auriemma said Monday night.

Count South Carolina coach Dawn Staley among them after Stewart, Tuck and Jefferson combined for 53 points in No. 1 UConn's 66-54 blowout of the second-ranked Gamecocks.

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Connecticut22-0
2 South Carolina22-0
3 Notre Dame23-1
4 Baylor23-1
5 Maryland21-2
6 Texas21-1
7 Ohio State18-4
8 Oregon State20-3
9 Arizona State20-4
10 Florida State19-4
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Notre Dame23-1
2 South Carolina22-0
3 Baylor23-1
4 Connecticut22-0
5 Stanford19-5
6 Ohio State18-4
7 Oregon State20-3
8 Arizona State20-4
9 UCLA17-6
10 Texas21-1
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