Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer has led the Cardinal to the Final Four in each of the last five years.
Yet none of those teams was No. 1. She finally has a top-ranked team again.
Stanford took over the top spot in the Associated Press poll on Monday from Baylor after ending the Lady Bears' 42-game winning streak. The Cardinal edged Connecticut for the top spot in the poll. Stanford received 21 first-place votes, while Connecticut had 17. Baylor got the other one.
"I have great respect for so many teams out there," VanDerveer said. "I don't think it's a one-horse race or two-horse race. There are a lot of really good teams out there."
It's the Cardinal's first time at No. 1 since the final poll of the 2005 season.
Stanford has been No. 1 two other times, holding the top spot for a six-week stretch in 1996 and in the preseason poll in 1992.
The Cardinal (5-0) jumped from fourth after beating former No. 1 Baylor 71-69 Friday night. Baylor, which was first in the previous 21 polls, fell to third.
"The win against Baylor and now being No. 1 is going to make it tough for us to sneak up on anybody," VanDerveer said, laughing.
Stanford's first game at No. 1 will be Sunday when the Cardinal hosts Long Beach State. Stanford has won 80 straight home games at Maples Pavilion dating to the 2007-08 season.
The first test may not come until a trip to South Carolina and Tennessee in late December before the Cardinal returns home to face UConn on Dec. 29.
No. 11 Cal 87, Cal Poly 61 in Berkeley Reshanda Gray scored 22 points, and Gennifer Brandon had 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Bears (3-0) rolled past the Mustangs (2-2).
Georgetown 78, No. 11 UCLA 70 in New York Markel Starks scored 23 points, and the Hoyas (3-0) beat the Bruins (3-1) in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic, spoiling the college debut of UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad.
Otto Porter had 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for Georgetown, which will face No. 1 Indiana in tonight's championship game. The Hoosiers (4-0) won 66-53 over Georgia (1-3).
The 6-foot-6 Muhammad, one of the most highly recruited high school players last season, was declared eligible by the NCAA on Friday. He finished with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting in 25 minutes.
Chaminade 86, Texas 73 in Lahaina, Hawaii DeAndre Haskins scored 32 points to lead the Division II Silverswords (2-2) over the Longhorns (2-1). The upset came 30 years after tiny Chaminade shocked college basketball by beating top-ranked Virginia.
AP poll Indiana is still a runaway No. 1 in the Associated Press poll, and Louisville (5-0) is again a solid second. Then come the changes, with Kentucky dropping five spots to eighth.
Ohio State and Michigan both moved up one place to third and fourth, respectively. Duke, which beat Kentucky, jumped from ninth to fifth.