Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Connecticut's AP Women's Poll Dominance Also Marked in 30-Year Era of Huskies Coach Geno Auriemma

By Mel Greenberg @womhoopsguru

HARTFORD, Conn. -- On Monday night following another wipeout courtesy of top-ranked Connecticut, this one over Kansas State in a nonconference game here in the XL Center, the Huskies' off-campus primary home court, there was time for some more reflection with the occasion also being the 30th anniversary of Hall of Famer Geno Auriemma's first game as head coach of the women's basketball dominant power..

While much of the focus continues to be on the 10 NCAA championships that has Auriemma tops in the women's game and tied overall with the late John Wooden at UCLA, another item that is remarkable is how in those three decades UConn has managed to catch up and move ahead of almost every team that has appeared in the Associated Press women's poll, which got its start 13 years earlier at the outset of the 1976-77 season.

Here first is a look at the schools that had made the most appearances prior to Connecticut's first ranking, which occurred on Feb. 14, 1990.

UConn became the 100th team to enter the poll that week so here is a look at total appearances through the week by the heavy hitters of the day among those 99 teams prior to the Huskies' arrival when their number was still zero in all categories.

Incidentally, the Huskies are also now the only team to be in the top five and top ten categories in all 111 weeks of the current decade through Monday's poll, which in year 40 was the 694th vote.

AP Total Appearances Prior to UConn's Arrival

1 - 214 Texas
2 - 209 Tennessee
3 - 203 Louisiana Tech
4 - 198 Long Beach State
5 - 182 North Carolina State
6 - 179 Maryland
7 - 165 Old Dominion
8 - 159 Rutgers
9 - 145 Georgia
10 - 142 Mississippi
11 - 135 Southern Cal
12 - 131 Auburn
13 - 126 Penn State
14 - 117 Stephen F. Austin
15 - 113 Virginia
16 - 110 LSU
17 - 102 Cheyney
18 - 88 Ohio State
19 - 87 Kentucky
20 - 85 UCLA
21 - 78 Iowa
22 - 67 Kansas State
23 - 64 Kansas
24 - 58 Iowa
25 - 46 Stanford

And the All-Time Appearance List As it Appears Right Now

Tennessee 680
Georgia 522
Texas 484
Stanford 479
Connecticut 448
Louisiana Tech 447
Maryland 421
North Caro. 413
Duke 407
Penn St. 405
Rutgers 369
LSU 368
Purdue 363
Vanderbilt 351
North Caro. St. 337
Virginia 328
Auburn 319
Notre Dame 296
Ohio St. 296
Old Dominion 294
Texas Tech 278
Baylor 265
Oklahoma 247
Iowa 242
Mississippi U. 226
Long Beach St. 222
Southern Cal 203
Kentucky 201
Steph. F. Austin 198
Kansas 194
Texas A&M 196
South Carolina 191
Colorado 183
UCLA 179
Western Ky. 178
Kansas St. 158
Iowa St. 153
DePaul 149
Clemson 145
Michigan St. 144
Washington 136
Alabama 133
Arizona St. 133
Florida 132
Nebraska 122
Louisville 121
California 120
Geo. Wash. 119
Oklahoma St. 117
UNLV 115
Arkansas 110
Cheyney 102
Florida St. 97
Minnesota 96
Boston College 87
Wisconsin 85
Oregon 84
West Virginia 78
Northwestern 73
Mississippi St. 68
Arizona 65
Wis.-Green Bay 65
Xavier 65
Illinois 63
Miami 62
Missouri 61
Oregon St. 58
St. Joseph's 57
UC Santa Barb. 54
Missouri St. 53
Utah 52
Georgetown 50
Hawaii 47
Virginia Tech 45
Delta St. 44
Villanova 44
James Madison 43
Memphis 43
Wayland Baptist 43
Syracuse 42
San Diego St. 41
Gonzaga 40
TCU 38
Colorado St. 36
Georgia Tech 36
St. John's 36
Tennessee Tech 36
Tulane 35
Montclair St. 34
Pittsburgh 34
Florida Intl. 33
Houston 33
La.-Monroe 31
New Mexico 29
Southern Miss. 27
Valdosta St. 27
Delaware 26
Queens 26
Temple 26
Marquette 25
Providence 25
Seton Hall 24
Montana 23
Bowling Green 22
Dayton 22
BYU 21
Southern Conn. 20
Immaculata 18
Middle Tenn. 18
Detroit 17
Northern Ill. 17
Southern Ill. 17
Michigan 15
Chattanooga 14
Mercer 14
Vermont 14
Marist 13
San Francisco 13
Wyoming 13
Princeton 12
Cal-St. Fullerton 11
Drake 11
South Dakota St. 11
Boise St. 10
Cincinnati 10
Mississippi Coll. 10
La Salle 9
Illinois St. 8
Lamar 7
New Mexico St. 6
St. Bonaventure 6
UTEP 6
William Penn 6
Cal Poly, Pomona 5
East Carolina 5
South Florida 5
St. Peter's 5
Toledo 5
Wake Forest 5
Fla. Gulf Coast
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And Here Were The Top 10 Teams (58) Before UConn's 1st  on Dec. 14, 1993.

1 - 222 Tennessee
2 - 209 Louisiana Tech
3 - 166 Long Beach St.
4 - 129 Georgia
4 - 129 Old Dominion
6 - 181 Texas
7 - 119 Maryland
8 - 108 Auburn
8 - 108 Rutgers
10 - 105 Virginia
11 - 104 N.C. State
12 - 97 Southern Cal
13 - 89 Stanford
14 - 85 Iowa
15 - 79 Steph. F. Austin
16 - 73 Cheyney
17 - 69 Penn State
18 - 59 LSU
19 - 48 UCLA
20 - 45 Ohio State
21 - 42 Purdue

And Here Are Today's All-Time Top 10

Tennessee 604
Connecticut 400
Stanford 377
Louisiana Tech 373
Duke 273
Georgia 269
Maryland 251
Texas 236
North Caro. 204
Baylor 190
Rutgers 190
Notre Dame 187
Old Dominion 180
Penn St. 171
LSU 167
Long Beach St. 166
Virginia 154
Purdue 147
Texas Tech 135
North Caro. St. 134
Ohio St. 134
Auburn 133
Southern Cal 110
Vanderbilt 110
Iowa 108
Mississippi U. 94
Kentucky 81
Steph. F. Austin 79
UCLA 79
Oklahoma 78
Cheyney 73
Texas A&M 67
South Carolina 66
Louisville 64
Kansas St. 55
Colorado 54
California 43
Iowa St. 42
Wayland Baptist 37
Western Ky. 37
Alabama 35
Kansas 34
Delta St. 31
Xavier 31
UNLV 29
Arkansas 24
La.-Monroe 24
Miami 23
Washington 23
Montclair St. 22
West Virginia 20
Arizona St. 19
Florida 19
Michigan St. 19
Florida St. 15
Minnesota 14
Oregon St. 14
Arizona 13
Colorado St. 12
Immaculata 12
Queens 12
St. Joseph's 12
Geo. Wash. 11
Illinois 11
Cal-St. Fullerton 9
Nebraska 9
Oregon 9
Tennessee Tech 9
DePaul 7
Missouri 7
Wisconsin 7
Delaware 5
Mississippi Coll. 5
Missouri St. 4
UC Santa Barb. 4
Wis.-Green Bay 4
Clemson 3
Mississippi St. 3
Northwestern 3
Memphis 2
Oklahoma St. 2
San Diego St. 2
Virginia Tech 2
William Penn 2
Georgetown 1
Houston 1
Mercer 1
Southern Conn. 1
Valdosta St.
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Here Are The Best of 40 All-Time Top 5 Prior to UConn on Dec. 21, 1993

1 - 179 Louisiana Tech
2 - 168 Tennessee
3 - 128 Texas
4 - 96 Old Dominion
5 - 78 Georgia
6 - 72 Southern Cal
7 - 65 Auburn
8 - 60 Long Beach St.
9 - 52 Virginia
10 - 50 Stanford
11 - 47 Iowa
12 - 43 Maryland
13 - 42 Steph. F. Austin
14 - 33 Rutgers
15 - 28 N.C. State
16 - 25 Cheyney
17 - 23 Vanderbilt
18 - 20 Penn State
19 - 19 Mississippi
And Here Are Today's Top 5 All-Time

Tennessee
464
Connecticut 356
Louisiana Tech 279
Stanford 236
Duke 168
Texas 167
Georgia 145
Old Dominion 131
Notre Dame 118
North Caro. 110
Maryland 104
Baylor 96
Southern Cal 74
LSU 73
Auburn 69
Long Beach St. 60
Virginia 57
Iowa 54
Rutgers 50
Vanderbilt 45
Penn St. 43
Oklahoma 42
Steph. F. Austin 42
Purdue 38
South Carolina 38
Ohio St. 36
North Caro. St. 34
Cheyney 25
Wayland Baptist 23
Colorado 22
Delta St. 22
Texas Tech 22
Louisville 19
Mississippi U. 19
Texas A&M 17
La.-Monroe 16
UCLA 16
Kansas St. 15
Xavier 14
UNLV 13
Kansas 11
Immaculata 10
Kentucky 10
Western Ky. 10
Iowa St. 9
Alabama 8
Cal-St. Fullerton 7
Nebraska 7
California 5
Colorado St. 5
Washington 5
Montclair St. 3
Wisconsin 2
Florida 1
Illinois 1
Miami 1
St. Joseph's 1
Tennessee Tech 1
West Virginia
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Finally, The 16 No. 1s before UConn on Jan. 17, 1995

1 - 69 Louisiana Tech
2 - 63 Tennessee
3 - 45 Texas
4 - 34 Old Dominion
5 - 24 Virginia
6 - 16 Southern Cal
7 - 12 Auburn
8 - 9 Wayland Baptist
9 - 8 Iowa
10 - 6 Penn State
10 - 6 Vanderbilt
12 - 5 Delta State
13 - 4 LSU
13 - 4 Maryland
15 - 2 Georgia
16 - 1 Stanford

And Today's AP All-Time No. 1s.

Connecticut 187
Tennessee 112
Louisiana Tech 83
Texas 47
Baylor 39
Duke 34
Old Dominion 34
Virginia 24
Southern Cal 16
LSU 15
Stanford 15
Maryland 14
South Carolina 12
Auburn 11
Wayland Baptist 9
Iowa 8
Penn St. 6
Vanderbilt 6
Delta St. 5
Georgia 5
North Caro. 5
Notre Dame 5
Purdue 4




 

   










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