Buoyed by the second-longest winning streak in the country, Rice has entered The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for the first time in school history.

The Owls have won 15 straight games and are ranked 25th in Monday’s poll.

Baylor remained the top team in the country, garnering 26 of the 28 first-place votes from the national media panel. Oregon moved up to second, getting the other two No. 1 ballots. UConn was third, while Louisville slipped to fourth after losing to Miami on Sunday. The Hurricanes made the biggest jump, moving up six spots to 14th.

Notre Dame was fifth. Mississippi State, Stanford, Maryland, North Carolina State and Iowa rounded out the top 10.

Drake joined the rankings at No. 24, while Rutgers and Michigan State fell out.

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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019, file photo, Rice center Nancy Mulkey posts up against Western Kentucky forward Raneem Elgedawy during a women's NCAA college basketball game in Bowling Green, Ky. (Bac Totrong/Daily News via AP, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2019, file photo, Rice center Nancy Mulkey posts up against Western Kentucky forward Raneem Elgedawy during a women’s NCAA college basketball game in Bowling Green, Ky. (Bac Totrong/Daily News via AP, File)

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