Jeff Walz pointing U of L toward number one.

The Cardinals jumped up six spots and got five first-place votes after taking down Oregon.  

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville women's basketball team is up to No. 2 in the latest AP college basketball poll, matching their highest-ever ranking.

U of L has been ranked second in the AP poll four other times, three times last season and once in 2017-18. 

The Cardinals moved up six spots after beating then-No. 1 Oregon, 72-62, Saturday in the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. It was the team's third win in the event and ran its record to 8-0.

"It's just a great win ... but at the same time, it's not putting us in the Final Four," head coach Jeff Walz said after beating the Ducks. "It's a win in November. We've got a lot of work to do. We've got to get better. But, it shows our kids that if you follow the scouting reports and play hard and play aggressive like we did tonight, we can play with anybody."

Stanford moved up to No. 1, while Oregon dropped to third. UConn is fourth and Oregon State is fifth. Indiana is No. 14, and Kentucky is 15th.  

Dana Evans was named ESPNW national player of the week and ACC player of the week after averaging a tournament best 21 points and four assists a game. The junior point guard from Gary, Indiana, made 11-of-21 shots from three-point range and 17-of-18 free throws. 

Louisville's next start is Thursday at Ohio State in the Big 10/ACC Challenge.  

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