The USC women can no longer boast of being undefeated in 2013-14 after losing to UCLA by six strokes Tuesday at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate. But that doesn't make the Trojans any less formidable than they were three days earlier. The defending NCAA champions still have the deepest lineup in women's college golf, and while their win streak ends at eight straight events dating back to last spring, they'll remain the favorite in every tournament they play between now and nationals in May.
While the most recent tournament finished after voting closed for the first spring edition of the Golf World/WGCA Division I college coaches' poll, USC would not doubt have still held the top spot in the ranking. Arguably the only difference might have been a few more first-place votes for UCLA, winners now of three team titles in five starts.
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Some tidbits about the D-I poll:
This is the 64th consecutive Golf World poll in which USC has been ranked inside the top 10, breaking the longest streak of top-10 appearances for any women's program since we resumed the polled in 2001-02. Duke had been in the top-10 63 straight times, its streak running from the start of the 2001-02 season until the April 13, 2009 poll.
No. 12 South Carolina achieved its highest ranking in the poll.
No. 18 UCF makes its first-ever appearance in the poll.
No. 24 Auburn is back in the top 25 for the first time since November 2012.
North Carolina fell out of the top 25 for the first time since September 2010.
Lynn, winners of five straight tournaments after claiming victory in its first two spring starts, remained No. 1 in the women's Division II poll. The Fighting Knights earned 20 of the 21 available first-place votes after taking the team title at this month's World Golf Invitational and the Lady Moc Classic.
Barry and Tarleton State held on to the No. 2 and 3 spots, respectively, as did No. 4 Florida Tech and No. 5 St. Edward's.
Washington U. in St. Louis held on to the No. 2 spot as it claimed the remaining first-place vote. The Bears also return from winter break next month with their spring opener in Arizona.