After soundly defeating the then-No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish on their own floor, the UConn women’s basketball team jumped from No. 2 to No. 1 in the latest AP Poll. It is the first time the Huskies have been in the top spot this season.
UConn has been No. 2 since the initial preseason poll behind Notre Dame, who is coming off a national title and returned nearly their entire team.
Historically, the Huskies fare well in match-ups between the two top teams in the nation, holding an all-time 21-3 record. When playing as the No. 2 team against the top-ranked team, UConn is 6-1.
The last time the two teams met in South Bend before Sunday, the Huskies claimed the No. 1 spot from the Fighting Irish, who hadn’t lost. However, UConn proved the voters right and won 71-62.
After her 28-point performance against Notre Dame, Christyn Williams earned AAC Player of the Week honors. She also scored 15 points in a victory over No. 16 DePaul earlier in the week.
Williams’ 28 points were the third-most by a UConn player in an AP No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup, joining Maya Moore (30 points vs. No. 1 Baylor in 2010) and Diana Taurasi (32 points at No. 2 Tennessee in 2002.