UConn Women’s Basketball Ranked 3rd in Latest AP Poll

The UConn women’s basketball team is already showing that the 2022-23 season is more about what the Huskies have than what they don’t have.

Despite another spate of injuries, including the cruciate ligament rupture that will keep Paige Bueckers on the bench and in street clothes all year, UConn has built an impressive resume going into the season.

The Huskies are ranked No. 3 behind leader South Carolina and second-place Stanford in the latest Associated Press national top 25 poll released Monday.

Ohio State and Iowa State round out the top 5, followed by Indiana, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Iowa, and Louisville.

UConn defeated Texas (then No. 3, now No. 19) last Monday and NC State (then No. 10, now No. 13) on Sunday, improving to 3-0. Azzi Fudd is averaging 30 points per game and has become an early contender for international of the year.

The top of the national landscape has already been rocked like an Etch A Sketch. Six teams in last season’s top 10 have already lost.

South Carolina defeated Stanford in a 1-on-2 showdown on Sunday. However, several ranked teams have lost to unranked teams, underscoring the sport’s growing parity.

“There are fewer great teams and a lot more good teams,” said UConn coach Geno Auriemma. “The next thing that happens is these good teams start beating other good teams.”

Texas has lost three straight games, losing to UConn, Marquette and Louisville. Louisville’s only loss is Gonzaga. Tennessee, which started the season at No. 5, has fallen to No. 23 after losses to Ohio State, Indiana and UCLA.