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    STORRS, Conn. (November 1, 2008) -The University of Connecticut women's basketball team is ranked No. 1 nationally in the 2008 Associated Press Preseason Top-25, which was released Saturday.

    This marks the first time since 2004 and the sixth time in the program's history that Connecticut has been ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press in the preseason.

     

    The Huskies received 44 of 45 first-place votes and garnered a total of 1,124 from a national media panel.

    UConn has captured the NCAA National Championship in three of the previous five seasons it opened as the nation's No. 1 team (2000, 2002, 2004).  It also opened the year ranked No. 1 to start the 1995-96 and 2000-01 seasons.

    The Huskies return four starters and 10 letterwinners from last season's squad that finished 36-2 and advanced to the ninth NCAA Final Four in the program's history.

    Connecticut opens preseason action on Thursday, Nov. 6 against Stonehill College (Mass.) in a 7:30 p.m. tip at Gampel Pavilion.

    2008 Associated Press Preseason Top-25
     
    1. Connecticut (44)               36-2        1,124            1 
      2. Stanford (1)                     35-4        1,018            4 
      3. Maryland                          33-4        1,005            5 
      4. Oklahoma                         22-9        946              14 
      5. Rutgers                            27-7        914              7 
      6. North Carolina                   33-3        892              2 
      7. Tennessee                       36-2        857              3 
      8. Duke                               25-10       815              9 
      9. California                          27-7        769              10 
    10. Louisville                          26-10       726              19 
    11. Texas A&M                       29-8        624              8 
    12. Vanderbilt                         25-9        546              21 
    13. Texas                              22-13       501              – 
    14. Oklahoma St.                    27-8        442              13 
    15. Virginia                             24-10       437              24 
    16. Notre Dame                       25-9        374              15 
    17. Arizona St.                       22-11       364              – 
    18. Ohio St.                           22-9        359              25 
    19. Baylor                              25-7        353              12 
    20. Auburn                             20-12       239              – 
    21. Florida St.                        19-14       204              – 
    22. Xavier                              24-9        170              – 
    23. Purdue                             19-15       148              – 
    24. LSU                                 31-6        133              6 
    25. Old Dominion                     31-5        124              11 

    Others receiving votes:
    Pittsburgh 116, Michigan St. 67, Iowa
    St. 66, Marist 58, Marquette 56, Utah 50, Georgia 37, Kansas St.
    25, Syracuse 20, DePaul 8, George Washington 7, Illinois St. 7,
    Southern Cal 5, West Virginia 5, Arkansas 3, Georgia Tech 2,
    Montana 2, UTEP 2, Gonzaga 1, Iowa 1, Liberty 1, S. Dakota St. 1,
    SMU 1.