Eighth straight week at No. 1 for USC women

Dawn Staley's South Carolina women's basketball team remained ranked No. 1 Monday for an eighth consecutive week. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

- The South Carolina women's basketball team strengthened its hold on the nation's top ranking in the wake of a victory over a top-10 opponent.

The Gamecocks held the No. 1 spot for the eighth consecutive week in the new Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday. Off to the best start in the program's history, South Carolina (16-0, 4-0 SEC) received 28 first-place votes, up four from last week. No. 2 Connecticut was the only other team to receive first-place votes, earning seven.

South Carolina is coming off a 68-60 victory over Kentucky, which remained No. 10 in the new poll. Wildcats point guard Janee Thompson suffered a broken left fibula in the game, the program announced, and is out for the remainder of the season. Thompson was scheduled to undergo surgery Monday in Lexington, Ky.

Rounding out the top five were Baylor, Louisville and Texas, the latter of which had been receiving first-place votes until suffering its first loss of the season last week.

South Carolina travels to Missouri on Thursday, and plays at Florida on Monday. The Gamecocks still have six games remaining against ranked teams, the next one Jan. 26 at home vs. No. 11 Texas A&M. Five of USC's final eight games of the regular season are against opponents currently ranked in the Top 25.