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After an impressive start to its season, Texas skyrockets to No. 12 in the AP poll

Texas guard Joanne Allen-Taylor, left, high-fives teammate Audrey Warren as the starters are announced ahead of last week's 131-36 season-opening win over New Orleans. The Longhorns followed that up with a win Sunday over defending national champion Stanford.

After the Texas women took out the NCAA's defending champion, the Longhorns are on the move.

Texas is No. 12 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll, which was released Monday. It's Texas' highest ranking since 2019; the Longhorns were No. 25 in the preseason poll.

Texas (2-0) opened with a 131-36 rout of New Orleans, the second-most points scored in program history. The Longhorns followed that up with a 61-56 win at Stanford on Sunday. Stanford tumbled four spots to No. 7 in this week's poll.

Texas will return to the court on Wednesday for a home game against Southeast Missouri that tips at 11 a.m. This weekend, the Longhorns will play at No. 16 Tennessee.

The American-Statesman submits one of the 30 ballots used by the AP for its poll. Here is how beat writer Danny Davis voted:

  1. South Carolina (2-0)
  2. UConn (1-0)
  3. Maryland (3-0)
  4. Indiana (2-0)
  5. Baylor (2-0)
  6. North Carolina State (2-1)
  7. Iowa (3-0)
  8. Oregon (2-0)
  9. Texas (2-0)
  10. Stanford (1-1)
  11. Iowa State (1-0)
  12. Arizona (2-0)
  13. Louisville (0-1)
  14. Michigan (2-0)
  15. UCLA (1-0)
  16. Oregon State (1-0)
  17. Florida State (2-0)
  18. South Florida (2-0)
  19. Missouri State (2-0)
  20. Tennessee (2-0)
  21. Texas A&M (2-0)
  22. Kentucky (2-1)
  23. Ohio State (2-0)
  24. Georgia Tech (3-0)
  25. West Virginia (0-0)