South Carolina, UConn, Stanford females leading preseason Top 25

Dawn Staley and South Carolina are back in a familiar area: No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 ladies’s basketball survey

It’s the 2nd successive season that the Gamecocks are the preseason favorite.


” With who we revived and who included for this season, we understood we would start amongst the hunted, and it’s something that our program is getting utilized to,” stated Staley, who is entering into her 14 th season as South Carolina coach. “Watching practice every day, I can see that we have the pieces and the competitive fire to reach all of our objectives. We have a couple of more weeks to put those pieces together into a cohesive, effective group that can measure up to this preseason ranking.”

The Gamecocks got 14 of the 29 first-place votes from a nationwide media panel in Tuesday’s survey. UConn was 2nd, gathering 10 first-place tallies. It’s the 15 th successive season that the Huskies were amongst the leading 5 groups in the preseason.

Defending nationwide champ Stanford was 3rd, getting the other 5 first-place votes. Maryland and North Carolina State completed the leading 5

It’s been a hectic couple of days for Staley. The school revealed a brand-new, seven-year agreement that will pay her $2.9 million this season and grow to $3.5 million in the last season. She likewise thinks the $224 million offer needs to make an effect on her sport and in the equality of what males and females’s coaches and professional athletes get from their schools.


Indiana is No. 8, the school’s greatest ranking ever in ladies’s basketball. There’s a great deal of enjoyment around Bloomington, with all 5 beginners returning from a group that went to the Elite Eight in 2015 and had its 6th straight 20- win season.

” It’s terrific acknowledgment for our program and a testimony to our group and how they continued to improve throughout among the most challenging and tough seasons we had in the history of females’s basketball,” Indiana coach Teri Moren stated. “We think we have much to show and are eagerly anticipating what we understand will be a tough season in both non-conference in addition to what we’ll see in the Big Ten.”


Michigan likewise connected its finest ranking ever, can be found in at No.11 The Wolverines return 3 beginners, consisting of Naz Hillmon, from the team that lost to Baylor in overtime in the Sweet 16 last season.

Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico called the ranking an honor and stated her group aspired to construct on the momentum from last spring.

” We have actually had the ability to take advances and grow as a program the previous couple of seasons, doing things that had actually never ever been done previously,” she stated. “Showing that consistency year in and year out is the indication of a terrific program, not simply a fantastic group.”


There are high expectations in Iowa this year: The Hawkeyes are No. 9 and Iowa State is No. 12.

Iowa, led by star guard Caitlin Clark, has its greatest preseason ranking considering that the group was 6th in 1996.

Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly has a bulk of his beginning 5 back, consisting of Ashley Joens and Lexi Donarski. It’s the group’s finest ranking in the preseason considering that 2001, when the Cyclones were 8th.



The Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC each have 5 ranked groups, tops in the country:

Joining No. 4 Maryland, No. 8 Indiana, No. 9 Iowa and No. 11 Michigan is No. 17 Ohio State for the Big Ten.

In the Pac-12, No. 3 Stanford is signed up with by No. 10 Oregon, No. 14 Oregon State, No. 20 UCLA and No. 22 Arizona.

The ACC has No. 5 N.C. State, No. 6 Louisville, No. 16 Florida State, No. 17 Georgia Tech and No. 24 Virginia Tech.

The SEC has 4 groups without any. 13 Kentucky, No. 15 Tennessee and No. 23 Texas A&M signing up with top-ranked South Carolina. The Big 12 likewise has 4 programs ranked, led by No. 7 Baylor with brand-new head coach Nicki Collen. The Bears are signed up with by the Cyclones, No. 19 West Virginia and No. 25 Texas.

The only non-Power Five group in the survey is No. 21 South Florida out of the American Athletic Conference.


Georgia Tech is ranked for the 3rd time ever in the preseason (2009, 2012). … Virginia Tech remains in the preseason survey for just the 2nd time ever, signing up with the 1999 team that was ranked 17 th.