The Colorado women’s basketball team climbed three more spots in the latest Associated Press poll released Monday, rising to No. 15 after improving to 9-0 after knocking off in-state rival Colorado State 74-56 last week.
Sophomore guard Kennedy Leonard scored a career-high 31 points in the win over the visiting Rams, hitting seven 3-pointers to tie a CU record.
CU is off to its best start since winning its first nine in the 2013-14 season. It’s just the sixth 9-0 start in program history.
CU is one of six Pac-12 teams in the poll, led by No. 9 UCLA , NO. 10 Stanford and No. 11 Washington.
Arizona State came back into the poll at No. 23 and Oregon entered at 25. It’s the Ducks’ first ranking since 2003.
Oregon State and Cal just outside the Top 25.
“There’s no gimme on the schedule,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said of the Pac-12. “That’s how good the conference is. Who’s the weakling? If you don’t find one that means it’s you.”
After two more road victories, UConn is now the unanimous No. 1 in women’s hoops.
The Huskies moved back to the top spot last week and then beat No. 2 Notre Dame on Wednesday as well as topping Kansas State on Sunday to improve their winning streak to 84 consecutive games. UConn received all 33 first place votes from a national media panel Monday. The Huskies are off this week for exams.
Despite the loss, the Irish remain in second. Baylor, Maryland and Mississippi State are next.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.