John Minchillo
Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, right, speaks with Crystal Dangerfield (5) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cincinnati, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Coach Geno Auriemma doesn't seem too concerned that UConn has its most losses in six years.

After all, the Huskies entered the Final Four unbeaten the last two seasons only to walk away without a national championship.

"Last time I checked, there's 365 Division-I teams in America, 364 of them would trade places with me in a heartbeat," he told reporters after the Huskies beat Cincinnati on Saturday. "I'm not going to lose any sleep over this."

UConn suffered its second loss of the season on Thursday, falling to then-No. 3 Louisville . The Huskies dropped to fifth on Monday in The Associated Press women's basketball poll, their lowest ranking since Feb. 12, 2007. UConn moved into the top five a week earlier and has remained there every poll since — a span of 232 consecutive weeks. That is more than double the next-longest streak, held by Louisiana Tech. The Lady Techsters had a 96-week run in the top five from 1979-84.

Utah fell three spots after falling to two top-10 teams. BYU fell out of the poll after falling to Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine.

Louisville moved up to second this week behind top-ranked Baylor. The Lady Bears received 25 of 28 first-place votes from a national media panel on Monday. The Cardinals received the other three.

Oregon and Notre Dame rounded out the top five teams in the poll.

Mississippi State, Oregon State, Marquette, North Carolina State and Maryland were next. The Wolfpack lost their first game of the season, falling to North Carolina on Sunday.

Miami entered the poll at No. 25 while BYU fell out a week after getting ranked.

Here are some other tidbits from the AP Top 25 this week:

TOP FIVE MUSING: After UConn's run, the next longest active streak of top-five appearances belongs to Louisville with 32. Notre Dame is right behind with 30. Oregon has seven and Baylor five.

BIG TEN SHOWDOWN: Maryland moved back into the top 10 for the first time in a few weeks. The Terrapins have a Big Ten showdown with No. 20 Rutgers on Sunday, when first place in the conference is on the line. However, Brenda Frese's Terps have two games before that, visiting Illinois on Monday night and hosting Northwestern on Thursday. The Scarlet Knights don't play until Sunday's game. Rutgers handed Maryland its first loss of the season on Dec. 31.

MOVING ON UP: Marquette continued its historic year, moving into eighth in the poll this week. That is the highest ranking for the Golden Eagles ever and the best ranking for any team currently in the Big East since Xavier was fifth on March 14, 2011.

ON THE CUSP: South Dakota was the first team left out of the poll this week. The Coyotes were a few points short of receiving the first ranking in school history.

Top 25 poll

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' women's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 3, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

Record Pts Prv

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    1. Baylor (25) 19-1 697 1
    1. Louisville (3) 21-1 668 3
    1. Oregon 21-1 632 4
    1. Notre Dame 21-2 608 5
    1. UConn 19-2 596 2
    1. Mississippi St. 21-1 578 6
    1. Oregon St. 19-3 513 9
    1. Marquette 19-3 483 10
    1. N.C. State 21-1 470 7
    1. Maryland 19-2 459 11
    1. Stanford 18-3 447 8
    1. South Carolina 16-5 352 16
    1. Gonzaga 21-2 316 15
    1. Texas 18-4 313 12
    1. Syracuse 17-4 303 18
    1. Iowa 17-5 279 13
    1. Utah 18-3 209 14
    1. Texas A&M 18-4 206 20
    1. Kentucky 18-5 173 19
    1. Rutgers 17-5 160 17
    1. Arizona St. 15-6 160 21
    1. Iowa St. 17-5 150 23
    1. Michigan St. 16-5 130 22
    1. Florida St. 19-3 111 24
    1. Miami 19-5 20 —

Others receiving votes: South Dakota 17, North Carolina 13, UCF 10, Missouri 7, West Virginia 5, New Mexico 4, Drake 3, California 2, Minnesota 2, Rice 2, BYU 1, Cent. Michigan 1.