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    Women's Basketball Tabbed as Top Team in AP Poll

    UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM The two-time defending national champs have been picked to win a third title in-a-row by the AP.
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    The two-time defending national champs have been picked to win a third title in-a-row by the AP.
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    Oct. 29, 2010

    STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's basketball team will open the season as the nation's No. 1 team for the eighth time in the program's history, as announced by the Associated Press in its 2010-11 Preseason Poll, which was released Friday.

    The Huskies received 39 of a possible 40 first-place votes, marking the first time in 35 weeks that Connecticut has not been the unanimous No. 1 pick.  The other years in which UConn opened the season as the AP’s No. 1 team were 1995-96, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2003-04, 2008-09 and 2009-10.

    Baylor, which received the other first place vote, is ranked second while Stanford, Tennessee and Xavier round out the top-five.


     

     

    UConn has gone on to capture the NCAA National Championship in four of the previous seven seasons in which it opened the season ranked No. 1, most recently in 2009 and 2010. The Huskies have gone on to qualify for the NCAA Final Four in each of the previous seven seasons they have begun as the nation's top-ranked squad.

    This year marks the 14th time UConn has been included in the top-five of the Preseason Poll.

    The Huskies posted a perfect 39-0 mark in 2009-10 en route to the program's seventh NCAA National Title. UConn enters the 2010-11 campaign on a record 78-game winning streak.

    UConn has been ranked No. 1 for a total of 144 weeks in the program's history, the most of any team nationally.

    Connecticut is one of only three teams to be ranked in each of the last 11 Preseason Polls.

    RK

    TEAM

    RECORD

    PTS

    1

    Connecticut (39)

    0-0

    992

    2

    Baylor (1)

    0-0

    934

    3

    Stanford

    0-0

    922

    4

    Tennessee

    0-0

    886

    5

    Xavier

    0-0

    818

    6

    Duke

    0-0

    802

    7

    Ohio State

    0-0

    759

    8

    Texas A&M

    0-0

    664

    9

    Kentucky

    0-0

    649

    10

    Oklahoma

    0-0

    595

    11

    West Virginia

    0-0

    579

    12

    Notre Dame

    0-0

    560

    13

    Georgetown

    0-0

    506

    14

    St. John's

    0-0

    452

    15

    North Carolina

    0-0

    420

    16

    UCLA

    0-0

    382

    17

    Texas

    0-0

    274

    18

    Florida State

    0-0

    270

    19

    Georgia

    0-0

    241

    20

    Iowa State

    0-0

    195

    21

    Maryland

    0-0

    134

    22

    Iowa

    0-0

    121

    23

    TCU

    0-0

    117

    24

    Vanderbilt

    0-0

    109

    25

    Michigan State

    0-0

    105

    Others receiving votes: LSU 75, Georgia Tech 73, Dayton 67, Gonzaga 64, DePaul 49, California 44, North Carolina State 28, Bowling Green 22, Nebraska 19, Temple 15, Wisconsin-Green Bay 15, San Diego State 8, Wisconsin 8, USC 7, James Madison 5, Rutgers 4, Arkansas-Little Rock 3, Arizona State 2, Pittsburgh 2, Kansas 1, Miami (FL) 1, Penn State 1, Tulane 1