Tennessee is proving to be a deserving No. 1 in The Associated Press
women's basketball poll.

In four games, the Lady Vols have defeated two Top Ten teams and crushed
two unranked foes. Monday, they were a unanimous choice for No. 1 by a
nationwide media panel for the third straight week.

Tennessee does have a new challenger in the No. 2 spot after disposing of
the team that used to be there. Connecticut moved into that position in
place of Stanford, which lost to Tennessee 105-69 in Knoxville and dropped
to fifth. The Lady Vols and Connecticut play on Jan. 16 in Storrs,

With all 31 first-place votes, Tennessee had 775 points. The Lady Vols also
have knocked off Louisiana Tech this season and have routed Memphis and
Maryland, the latter by a 95-29 count Sunday despite the absence of leading
scorer Nikki McCray, who's out two weeks because of a broken bone in her
right hand.

Tonight the Lady Vols (4-0) put their ranking on the line versus another
ranked opponent, this time against No. 15 Purdue (3-2). Tipoff at
Thompson-Boling Arena is 7:30 p.m.

Tennessee's Tiffany Woosley, who has been serving a suspension for
violating team philosophy, will be available to play against the

Purdue has rebounded from a slow start after opening the season with losses
to Stanford (62-52 at the State Farm Hall of Fame Classic) and Vanderbilt
(72-52 at home). The Boilermakers defeated Dame (87-83), Florida A&M
(97-37) and Toledo (79-54).

The Boilermakers only lost one letterman from last year's team that
finished 29-5 and advanced to the NCAA Final Four while sharing the Big 10
title with a 16-2 conference mark.

In the rest of the Top Ten, No. 3 Louisiana Tech and No. 4 North Carolina
moved up one spot each.

Connecticut (3-0) had 727 points, Louisiana Tech (4-1) had 703, North
Carolina (5-0) 670 and Stanford (3-1) 634.