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South Carolina remains atop AP Top 25 in Christmas poll

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South Carolina retained its spot atop the AP Top 25 women’s basketball poll Monday, receiving all 36 first-place votes.

It’s the seventh consecutive week that the Gamecocks have held the top spot.

The top 10 remained unchanged due to a light schedule ahead of the holidays. Ohio State, who lost to UCLA by six points, dropped four spots to No. 17. West Virginia, meanwhile, entered the top 25 for the first time since 2021. The Big 12 Conference now has five teams in the poll.

The Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC are the only conferences to have every school still have a winning record.

Conference play will begin starting this week. UCLA will play USC, Colorado will face Utah and Baylor will play Texas on Saturday. Then on Sunday, No. 18 Marquette will play No. 15 UConn.

The poll was released on Christmas for the seventh time, with the last Christmas poll coming in 2017. Other years were 1979, 1983, 1995, 2000 and 2006.