UConn still tough, but ACC women strong, too

Feb. 03, 2014 @ 07:52 PM

The University of Connecticut remains atop women’s college basketball, but teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference are making some noise.

Undefeated Notre Dame came through its tough road swing beating Tennessee, Maryland and Duke to remain perfect.

Notre Dame on Sunday got an 88-67 win against Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Fighting Irish (21-0) are two wins short of the 2000-01 team that went 23-0 en route to the school’s first national championship. Notre Dame plays at Florida State on Thursday before hosting Syracuse on Sunday.

There was no doubt that the ACC was going to be tough this season with the additions of Notre Dame, Syracuse and Pittsburgh to an already strong women’s basketball group. No. 2 Notre Dame and fifth-ranked Duke lead five teams in the top 14. Maryland is 10th, North Carolina is 13th and N.C. State is 14th. It’s the ninth time since 2001 that a conference has had that many teams in the first 15. The ACC was also the last league to do it, back in 2011. The Big 12 had seven teams ranked in the top 17 in 2002.

N.C. State hasn’t been ranked as high as it is since Dec. 3, 2001, when the Wolfpack were 10th. Wes Moore’s squad has won five of its past six games. N.C. State plays Wake Forest and Virginia Tech this week. The Wolfpack still have games left against North Carolina, Duke and Notre Dame.