Tough early season matchups test top women's hoops teams

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NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Tara VanDerveer loves to ski.

Stanford's Hall of Fame coach compared her seventh-ranked team's schedule this past week to going down one of the toughest trails on a difficult mountain, after the Cardinal played three AP Top 25 teams in a span of three days in the Bahamas. Stanford came away with two wins, beating No. 4 Indiana and second-ranked Maryland.

"If I had to do it over again, I probably wouldn't take this team to the top of the mountain and go down the double black diamonds, but that's what I'm doing," said the winningest coach in women's college basketball. "I'd have been on some greens or blues instead of double black diamonds. They are welcoming the challenge."

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 South Carolina7-0
2 Maryland6-2
3 UConn3-1
4 Indiana5-1
5 North Carolina State6-1
6 Baylor6-1
7 Stanford5-2
8 Iowa4-0
9 Arizona7-0
10 Louisville5-1
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 South Carolina7-0
2 UConn3-1
3 Tennessee6-0
4 North Carolina State6-1
5 Georgia6-0
6 Michigan7-0
7 Texas A&M7-0
8 Missouri State4-2
9 LSU5-1
10 FGCU7-0
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