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UConn stays No. 1 in AP women's hoops poll; Iowa in at 25

Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer is starting to build the Bulldogs into a women's basketball power.

The fourth-year coach got the team ranked for the first time last season in nearly five years and now he has guided the No. 8 Bulldogs to their best ranking ever in The Associated Press women's basketball poll.

"I'm really proud to be the head coach of Mississippi State," Schaefer said Monday. "It's nice to get that recognition now. The national respect we're getting, but it really doesn't mean a lot in November. It's March when we want to be there and it's our challenge to make that happen."

The top five in the poll remained the same with...