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LSU falls out of top five after losing to Maryland

Posted: Monday November 19, 2007 1:55PM; Updated: Monday November 19, 2007 3:22PM
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Another week, another shakeup in the rankings. The changes might not be plentiful, but they are significant. LSU, looking to get back to the Final Four a fifth straight time, dropped from our top five. That came courtesy of a loss to Maryland, a team that won the 2006 title, but didn't fare so well in these rankings last season.

The Terrapins seem to have a bit of that swagger they showed during that title run. They trail only defending champion Tennessee and Connecticut this week.

NCAA Basketball Power Rankings
Rank LW School
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Tennessee Lady Vols (3-0)
It's early, but so far the only team able to take down Tennessee has been the U.S. National Team. It's impossible to talk about the Lady Vols' winning ways these days without talking about Candace Parker: She had 50 points, 21 rebounds and eight assists in wins over Big 12 contender Oklahoma and Texas.
Next three: 11/21 at West Virginia; 11/26 vs. Louisiana Tech, 12/02 vs. North Carolina
2 2
UConn Huskies (2-0)
Freshman Maya Moore is already putting up big numbers, but she's surrounded by a strong veteran crew that includes guard Renee Montgomery, who has 13 assists and just four turnovers this season. The Huskies are also doing a good job of knocking down the shots, hitting 54 percent from the field. They'll get a tougher test this week, facing off against Stanford on Thursday.
Next three: 11/22 vs. Stanford; 11/23 vs. Old Dominion; 11/25 TBA at Virgin Islands
3 4
Maryland Terrapins (3-0)
You have to be impressed with the way the Terrapins are bouncing back this season. They've already knocked off three top 25 teams, including LSU in the preseason WNIT championship, where they were without All-America center Crystal Langhorne. While the scoring isn't as balanced as it was during the Terps' championship run two seasons ago, three players are averaging at least 13 points.
Next three: 11/20 vs. Loyola; 11/23 at UC Santa Barbara; 11/25 at UCLA
4 5
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-1)
That Rutgers defense was at it again on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights held a usually balanced George Washington team in check -- the Colonials entered the game averaging 74.7 points a game, but managed just 42 against Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights also showed how dangerous they can be when hitting on the offensive end: Matee Ajavon, Essence Carson and Kia Vaughn combined for 44 points, with the trio shooting 50 percent from the field.
Next three: 11/25 vs. LSU; 11/28 at St. Joseph's 12/03 vs. Maryland
5 6
Georgia Bulldogs (4-0)
Ashley Houts and Tasha Humphrey lead the Bulldogs averaging 15.5 points a game apiece. Houts seems to be continuing the tradition of pressure defense by the Georgia backcourt, with 18 steals already this season. With Humphrey, Angel Robinson and Megan Darrah, the Bulldogs are even better inside.
Next three: 11/23 vs. Prairie View A&M; 11/24 vs. USC/Virginia Tech; 11/29 vs. Oakland

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