Lady Vols ranked #4 in AP preseason poll

(AP) -- UConn is the unanimous choice atop The Associated Press' preseason women's basketball poll.

The Huskies, who finished last season with their eighth national championship, received all the first-place votes from the 36-member national media panel Friday. It's the ninth time that UConn has been the top team in the preseason. Five of those years they went on to win the title.

Duke was second in the poll -- it's best ranking since the Blue Devils finished at No. 1 in the final poll of 2007. They haven't been this highly ranked in the preseason since being No. 1 in the 2005 opening poll.

The Blue Devils are followed by Stanford, Tennessee and Louisville, which lost in the title game to UConn last season.

1 Connecticut (36) 0-0 900
2 Duke 0-0 860
3 Stanford 0-0 799
4 Tennessee 0-0 752
5 Louisville 0-0 714
6 Notre Dame 0-0 705
7 Kentucky 0-0 678
8 Maryland 0-0 668
9 California 0-0 662
10 Baylor 0-0 569
11 Oklahoma 0-0 461
12 North Carolina 0-0 452
13 Penn State 0-0 392
14 Dayton 0-0 368
15 LSU 0-0 365
16 Texas A&M 0-0 363
17 Nebraska 0-0 340
18 Purdue 0-0 225
19 Colorado 0-0 205
20 Michigan State 0-0 177
21 Oklahoma State 0-0 144
22 South Carolina 0-0 143
23 Iowa State 0-0 126
24 Georgia 0-0 99
25 Gonzaga 0-0 81

Others receiving votes: West Virginia 77, UCLA 70, Vanderbilt 61, Green Bay 48, DePaul 44, Chattanooga 41, Georgia Tech 39, Creighton 21, Middle Tennessee 11, Missouri 10, Marist 10, Texas 7, Washington 6, Quinnipiac 2, Florida State 2, James Madison 1, South Florida 1, UT Martin 1

Dropped from rankings: UCLA 11, Delaware 15, Green Bay 20, Syracuse 22, Florida State 25


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