As the year nears an end, a third No. 1 ascends in Graham Hays' latest mid-major rankings. Florida Gulf Coast, Gonzaga, Duquesne and South Dakota join the top 10.
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Army, Idaho and Wright State broke into this week's top 10, but the Flyers maintain the No. 1 spot in Graham Hays' latest mid-major poll.
Amber Deane scored a career-high 29 points and Dayton topped No. 22 Louisville 79-66 in the third-place game at the Gulf Coast Showcase on Sunday.
Alanna Smith made six of her eight 3-point attempts for 22 points, Lili Thompson added 19 and Stanford overcame a slow start to defeat Dayton 74-66 on Saturday in the Gulf Coast Showcase.
Without injured star Whitney Knight for the time being, Florida Gulf Coast fell out of the top spot and all the way out of the top 10. Unbeaten Dayton takes over at No. 1.
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UConn advances to Final Four
UConn turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 21-point rout, defeating Dayton 91-70 to advance to the Final Four of the NCAA women's basketball tournament.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 27 points to help UConn beat Dayton 91-70 on Monday night to advance to the Final Four for an eighth straight season.
Final: UConn 91, Dayton 70
After a tight first half, UConn took control in the second to reach its 8th straight Final Four. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 27 points and broke the NCAA D-I record for career 3-pointers. Box score
Mosqueda-Lewis sets 3-point record
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis drilled her fifth triple of the night, giving her a Division I record 393 made 3-pointers in her career. UConn is up double digits on ESPN with less than 12 minutes to play vs. Dayton.
Huskies starting to pull away
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is up to 16 points and UConn has started the second half on a 9-2 run on ESPN.
UConn trails Dayton at half
The Flyers went 7-of-10 from beyond the arc and shot 51.4 percent overall to grab a 44-43 edge over the top-ranked Huskies at the break. Coming into tonight, UConn was allowing 47.3 points per game. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN
Dayton keeping pace early
Andrea Hoover and seventh-seeded Dayton are 3-of-3 from beyond the arc and are trading baskets with No. 1 UConn on ESPN. The winner advances to the Final Four.
Elite 8 matchups in women's hoops
In the final two games to determine the Final Four tonight, Dayton will try to upset UConn, who has been to seven straight Final Fours. Also on the slate is last year's round of 16 rematch between Maryland and Tennessee.
Dayton dictated the pace -- and led by one point -- in the first half. But in the second, UConn tightened up its defense and slowed things down for an eighth consecutive Final Four.
Another Connecticut blowout or another Dayton upset likely hinges on how UConn handles Dayton's drives to the basket, Luke Cyphers writes.
Dayton heads into its Elite Eight matchup with UConn knowing it has nothing to lose, hoping the same push-it-and-pump-it style that has impressed even Geno Auriemma can upset the two-time defending champs.
Andrea Hoover scored 26 points and seventh-seeded Dayton continued its improbable run in the NCAA Tournament with an 82-66 win over third-seeded Louisville in the regional semifinals on Saturday.
Final: Dayton 82, Louisville 66
The No. 7 Flyers pulled off the upset and became the first Atlantic 10 team to reach the Elite Eight since Xavier in 2010. Andrea Hoover led Dayton with 26 points, while Amber Deane chipped in 15 off the bench. Box score
Dayton nearing upset win
Dayton's been attacking Louisville all afternoon, not letting Cardinals' defenders keep them from the basket. The Flyers have a double-digit lead late in second half.
Halftime: Dayton 30, Louisville 29
Dayton's halfway toward an upset despite 14 turnovers, as Andrea Hoover has eight points for the Flyers. Louisville's bench is putting up a fight, though: They have 19 of the team's 29 points. Watch 2nd half on ESPN/WatchESPN
7 Dayton vs. 3 Louisville tips off
Dayton is in the women's Sweet 16 for the first time and is trying to become the first Atlantic 10 team to reach the Elite Eight since Xavier in 2010. No team from the Atlantic 10 has ever reached the Final Four. Live on ESPN & WatchESPN
Dayton made 26 of 30 free throws, led by Andrea Hoover's 15-for-15 effort at the line, to knock off third-seeded Louisville and reach its first Elite Eight.
Dayton overcame a fowl start and some bird-brain passes to knock off third-seeded Louisville and clinch its first Elite Eight appearance.
All four No. 1 seeds reached the Elite Eight, along with three No. 2 seeds. Which teams will punch their ticket to Tampa and the Final Four? Our writers predict which teams will win in the regional finals.