STORRS, Conn. – For the 10th time in program history, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team will open its season as the top team in the nation after earning the No.1 ranking in the Associated Press Top-25 poll, which was released on Thursday afternoon.
It marks the second consecutive year the Huskies have found themselves alone atop the preseason poll and third in the last five years.
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, 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2013-14.
UConn has been ranked No. 1 for a total of 179 weeks in the program's history, the most of any team nationally. In addition, it marks the seventh time the Huskies have been tabbed as the preseason favorite after winning a national championship the prior season.
Earlier on Thursday, the American Athletic Conference tabbed the Huskies are the league’s unanimous preseason favorite in a vote of the conference coaches.
The Huskies are searching for their 10th national title after winning the crown in each of the past two seasons. Last year, Connecticut capped off a perfect 40-0 year with a 79-58 victory over Notre Dame in the championship game.