NEW YORK -- Mercer is back in the AP Top 25 for the first time in 38 years.
The Bears, riding a 24-game winning streak, entered the Associated Press women's basketball poll Monday at No. 25. It's the first time the team has been ranked since Dec. 9, 1980.
UConn continues to lead the way as the unanimous No. 1 choice from the 32-member national media panel. The Huskies will close out their regular season on Monday night against No. 20 South Florida.
The top five remained unchanged, with Mississippi State, Baylor, Louisville and Notre Dame following the Huskies.
Oregon moved up two spots to sixth. Texas, South Carolina, UCLA and Oregon State round out the top 10 teams in the poll.
Oklahoma State fell out of the Top 25 and was replaced by Mercer.